Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

The U.S.S. Texas is Sinking

The U.S.S. Texas (BB35) is in serious trouble. For the past 69 years she has been a floating museum located at San Jacinto, TX, near Houston. Beginning in 2012, the ship began to develop serious hull leaks and now the stewards of the ship, the Texas Department of Wildlife and Parks, says that the Texas must either be relocated to a dry site or scrapped. See the full story here.

The Texas entered service in 1914 and is one of only seven surviving warships from WW1. She is also the last example of a dreadnought. In 1987 I visited her with my parents and I learned that my mother had previously had a VIP tour of the ship in the 1920’s when it made a port call at Bremerton, WA.

You can read more about the Texas here and here.


James (“Jim”) Patton BS BA MPA is a retired state official from Shawnee, Kansas and a frequent contributor to several WW1 e-publications, including "Roads to the Great War," "St. Mihiel Tripwire," "Over the Top" and "Medicine in the First World War." He has spent many hours walking the WW1 battlefields, and is also an authority on British regiments and a collector of their badges. An Army Engineer during the Vietnam War, he does work for the US World War 1 Centennial Commission and is affiliated with the WW1 Historical Association, the Western Front Association, the Salonika Campaign Society and the Gallipoli Association.

1 Comment

  1. Peter Wolter

    As the name implies,enemies would have quivered in there bellbottom’s at the sight of her .God bless you Sailor.

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