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Old 05-30-2019, 05:08 AM   #1
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radar Battleship Texas will leave San Jacinto Battleground for undetermined location

Battleship Texas will leave San Jacinto Battleground for undetermined location


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It is unclear where the battleship will go. Bramlett declined to speculate, but said the ship would go to a site that Houstonians could visit fairly easily. He said the foundation has some potential locations in mind and intends to move quickly.

“If it stays there, it's going to die there,” Bramlett said of the current site. “It just doesn't work financially. It hasn't worked in years.”

The decision to move the battleship follows action by state legislators aimed at saving it. SB 1511, which awaits Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature, will provide the battleship with a new caretaker, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and send it to Alabama temporarily for repairs. The vessel has continued to rust despite sporadic repair efforts spanning decades, and many believe it will sink unless it is moved to a dry berth.

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Old 05-30-2019, 05:45 AM   #2
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Love the old battleships, I hope they restore her, the only thing missing from the Battleship Texas is a set of bull horns on the front!
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:28 AM   #3
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Yeah, The Grey Wolves 'borrowed' them when we visited her in 2008.

I hope the old girl is moved somewhere that will ensure her long term survival.

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Old 05-30-2019, 08:39 AM   #4
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So she's not rejoining the fleet to test new big gun technology now?



They should remove the expensive hole in the water into which money is poured element by giving her the Mikasa treatment.


If they place her on the southern boarder she's sure to get plenty of visitors.
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:06 AM   #5
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This is good news for sure ... but the San Jancinto Park was my favorite place to visit when I lived in the area 30 years ago.

Now if they could figure out how to move the San Jancinto Inn to the USS Texas new location I would be happy, but sadly they closed its doors on Sunday, February 15, 1987.

https://houstonhistorymagazine.org/w...an-Jac-Inn.pdf

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Nationally famous for its seafood and chicken dinners,
the San Jacinto Inn served not only as a restaurant
for its patrons, but also as a dining experience. Jack and
Bertha Sanders established the restaurant in 1916 near
the Lynchburg Ferry on the Houston Ship Channel.
Originally a small lunch counter, the menu included
fresh seafood caught by the Sanders served with freshly
baked biscuits and homemade preserves. In 1917, the
growing restaurant moved to its location in an old dance
hall opposite the present location of the Battleship
Texas near the San Jacinto Battleground State Park.1
Soon the popularity of the San Jacinto Inn grew, and dining there became a tradition for many Houstonians and
their families. The dining room featured an all-you-caneat menu, consisting of primarily seafood and chicken. In
winter the menu included celery, shrimp cocktail, oysters
on the half shell, fried oysters, fried tenderloin of fish, fried
chicken, French fried potatoes, hot biscuits served with
strawberry or black cherry preserves, and dessert. The summer menu mirrored its winter counterpart in many ways,
but featured iced crab and stuffed crab rather than the oyster
dishes. In the 1930s and 1940s, patrons not only enjoyed
the hefty meal, but also a dance orchestra. During World
War II, this live entertainment gave way to a need for more
tables to accommodate the restaurant’s growing clientele.
In later years, the restaurant seated nearly seven hundred
guests and it boasted serving 85,000 pounds of fish, 55,000
chickens, 200,000 pounds of shrimp, 1,700,000 oysters,
50,000 crabs, and 500,000 hot biscuits in an average year.2
The restaurant’s reputation for serving large quantities of
food was not limited to its dining room. During the construction of the San Jacinto Monument, the San Jacinto Inn served
laborers coffee and sandwiches every four hours during the fifty-seven hour pour of the monument’s foundation. Monument
construction workers consumed nearly 3,800 sandwiches and a
total of 5,700 cups of coffee provided by the San Jacinto Inn.3
Many Houstonians warmly recall eating at the restaurant,
often citing the all-you-can-eat menu. Houstonian, Jesse H.
Jones, II, son of John T. Jones Jr. of the Battleground Corp.,
joked that his father acquired the restaurant so he could
enjoy its wonderful food while doing business.
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:47 AM   #6
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I'll be curious to see how they move it. They can't just tow it - it will sink. They'll have to come up with some kind of transport big enough to carry it.
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When I read the thread headline, it did not immediately click in my brain and instead my first thought was "Poor Iran."
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I wonder if an AFDB floating drydock could lift a BB? What's left of it is in Brownsville. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Alamos_(AFDB-7)


Whatever they do, I hope they're careful. I'd like to visit USS Texas someday.
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When I read the thread headline, it did not immediately click in my brain and instead my first thought was "Poor Iran."
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Old 05-31-2019, 03:01 PM   #10
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As impractical as it sounds, they should modernize, man and sail it through the straits of hormuz on a steady rotation with Old Glory flying high. Would cost a fraction of the 30billion spent on the LCS project. Can't imagine being a sailor ordered to go protect America in one of those abysmal abominations.
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