Tony Gregory, President and CEO of the Battleship Texas Foundation, announced that the City of Galveston and the Port of Galveston Board of Trustees have accepted terms for the historic ship. “We at the foundation see a bright future for the Battleship Texas,” Gregory said. “We look forward to stewarding the legacies of the brave men who served our great nation aboard and expanding our educational programming so that the Battleship Texas can be cherished for decades to come.”
The foundation revealed it is still working on integrating Battleship Texas with the development of Pier 21 as part of an agreement with the company that currently leases Pier 21, Landry’s Inc. As negotiations progress, the foundation is focusing on ship maintenance, restoration, and the creation of educational programs.
Thanks to donations from the State of Texas, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and others, the Battleship Texas Foundation reached 80% of its goal to save the ship and is now in its restoration phase. This $15 million restoration project involves transforming the ship into a state-of-the-art visitor experience featuring interactive and technology-driven exhibits, augmented reality, holograms, guided tours, and integrations with cell phones. The ship will also be climate-controlled for year-round access.