|We had a great day to tour BB-35, the Battleship Texas|
Meet the USS Texas (BB-35), once the most powerful battleship in the world. She was commissioned in March of 1914 and went on to serve in both WW I and WW II.
Not only is she the last of the dreadnoughts, she is the last remaining vessel that served in both World Wars.
And we got to go on board.
|Officer's Ward Room set for Christmas Dinner|
And so, we got to walk the historic decks of this grand old lady of the US Navy and explore some of her cabins, armaments and more. At least of what was open to the public. (And didn’t require too many ladders to climb…. yeah, we skipped the pilot house…this time. It was several flights up!) But we enjoyed all that
|Chris was able to ask a "crewman" about one of the displays|
There was a lot to see, even with the areas that are closed off for restoration. They are fighting a battle against time and sea water to keep her afloat. (The ultimate goal is to move her into a dry berth for display like the USS Stewart and USS Cavalla are). Since the Texas has been on display since 1948, that’s a lot of time in salt water for a steel hull! We sure hope the preservation efforts are successful. She’s a wonderful piece of our nation’s naval history.
But that’s not all folks!
|Looking towards the San Jacinto Monument from Turret 1|
And we "scored"! Now, you can pick up a map and walk the battle ground to get a feel for what happened, but honestly, after 3 hours climbing all over the Texas we were far more interested in finding lunch.
That is, until we came across a small display table and a couple of Texas State Park volunteers. They were doing FREE guided
|Joe, Texas State Park volunteer and our tour guide/interpreter|
Umm. Yes please. (Free is good. We like free!)
We are so glad we did. Joe, our guide, was a wealth of knowledge with all kinds of trivia and facts about the battle. We learned a lot about a battle that took place back in 1836, lasted approximately 18 minutes and was essentially a last ditch effort by the Texian Army. It won Texas freedom from Mexico and changed the course of history.
Lunch was delayed another hour later, but we sure enjoyed our day. We’ll have to make a trip back sometime to tour San Jacinto Monument and museum. (It was tea time instead of lunchtime…and we needed to eat!)
By the way, San Jacinto monument is 570' tall. That's taller than the Washington monument!
You can learn more about the USS Texas at: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/battleship-texas
And San Jacinto at: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/san-jacinto-battleground
And here's a few more photos...
|Top of USS Texas mast. 131" 7.5" above the water|
|Crazy the things you see. This guy was buzzing around the Texas!|
|Chris checks out some of the guns. The bakery was behind him!|
|Map of the Battle of San Jacinto|
|San Jacinto Monument|