The Battleship Texas is one of the most important historical artifacts
in Texas. The ship, a veteran of two world wars and in many
theaters of battle, is owned by the people of Texas and is administered
by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. It's takes a "Yeoman"
effort just to keep it from becoming a pile of rust. One of the
many ways that you can support the upkeep of this valuable resource is
by signing up for a "Hard Hat Tour".
If you have ever been to the Battleship Texas you know that for safety
reasons many of the ships areas are off limits to the general public.
Now with a little planning and for a small fee you can go on a guided
“Hard Hat tour” that includes many of these areas. The size and number
of tours are limited so sign up early.
The first time I visited the battleship I was about 11. I wanted
to go into the 14” gun turret, but I couldn’t, I wanted to get a good
look at the boilers and engine rooms, but I couldn’t. Although
there were a lot of things to see a lot were off limits. Now 45+ years
later on the Hard Hat tour I got to see all these things and more.
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