Battleship Texas docks in Galveston after daylong, historic tow

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Battleship Texas docks in Galveston after daylong, historic tow
Welcome home, for now. The USS Texas made it to Galveston after spending decades at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. So, what's next? ABC13 breaks it down here.

LA PORTE, Texas (KTRK) -- After over 70 years at its home at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, the 110-year-old vessel Battleship Texas has departed Wednesday for repairs and is docked in Galveston.

The tow from La Porte to Galveston got underway at 6 a.m., with an arrival at about 4 p.m.

WATCH: SkyEye over Battleship Texas crossing Fred Hartman Bridge on its way to Galveston

Press play to watch SkyEye capture some of the moments the 110-year-old vessel on its way to Galveston for repairs. This moment captures the vessel cross the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown.

SEE ORIGINAL STORY: Battleship Texas will depart historic San Jacinto site for repairs on Aug. 31, foundation says

This means parts of the San Jacinto Battleground Historic Site and parts of Independence Parkway will be closed during that time until the ship has moved past the Lynchburg Ferry, which will also be closed.

The repairs are happening at the Gulf Copper Dry Dock & Rig Repair.

WATCH: Battleship Texas spectators take in historic towing mission

History and military buffs turned out early to take in the Battleship Texas' moving day, with some taking pause with what they are witnessing.

The Coast Guard enforced a safety zone to ensure the safety of the public and the vessels in the Houston Ship Channel. Water traffic will be restricted in the ship channel and the safety zone.

"The only U.S. ship that survived in both World War I and World War II. In addition, it's really the first ship that the Navy ever retired as a memorial or museum and is the last of the dreadnought battleships," Bruce Bramlett with Texas Battleship Foundation said.

So how much does all of this cost? $35 million.

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