100-year-old Battleship Texas to reopen after leak

June 22, 2012 - 2:25 PM

LA PORTE, Texas (AP) — A temporary patch has halted a leak that shut down the 100-year-old Battleship Texas, and the relic from World Wars I and II is set to reopen.

Ship manager Andy Smith told the Houston Chronicle the public will have access to the ship again Saturday (http://bit.ly/PIyD7m ). He says workers are determining whether to upgrade a rubber patch, but that the "emergency is controlled."

The ship was turned into a museum in 1948 and is the last remaining dreadnought from that era. It sprang a leak two weeks ago, when staff with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the ship's caretaker, found it listing and discovered flooded areas.

Before pumping out the water, workers removed oil left from when the ship was still used in battle.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com