Battleship set to get makeover by state
Rusting hull needs attention to stop corrosion
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
The aging Battleship Texas is in for a state-funded makeover.
Plans outlined recently by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission call for the World War II-era battleship to be dry-berthed, refurbished and ready for public display by 2011.
The state agency representative said the best way to preserve the ship, long term, would be to pull it out of the corrosive water, repair it, and place it back in the same site using 1,000 pilings as a foundation.
The pilings, as well as the ship, would be encased in a cement type bowl. There would be no water underneath the ship, which would cut maintenance costs. Rust has been eating away at the hull for years.
Visitors would be able to circle the ship from below, enabling them to see the hull, propellers, keel and rudder. The ship is as tall as a 16-story building
State officials said the plan, from development to construction, would start soon and end in 2011. The project is estimated to cost just over $20 million.