Battleship Texas Foundation given control of Battleship Texas; ship will soon leave La Porte for repairs

(Courtesy Texas Parks & Wildlife Department)
(Courtesy Texas Parks & Wildlife Department)

(Courtesy Texas Parks & Wildlife Department)

As of Aug. 1, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has transferred operational control of the historical Battleship Texas in La Porte to the nonprofit Battleship Texas Foundation under a 99-year lease, according to a Battleship Texas Foundation press release.

The battleship, which has been closed to the public since August 2019 to allow for preparation for transportation to a shipyard for extensive repair work, is months away from moving.

Starting in November or December, the ship will take until January or February to move to an unidentified shipyard for repair work, which will take about a year to complete. The shipyard is reportedly located in Louisiana.

Battleship Texas is expected to reopen to the public in the first quarter of 2022, according to the release.

Once open, the foundation will operate the ship with constant preservation and maintenance efforts. The foundation will also offer new experiences and programs for the ship's visitors, the release reads.

In 2019, the department and the foundation entered a memorandum of understanding in which the foundation will maintain the ship for the department and the state of Texas.

Battleship Texas is the last remaining battleship that participated in both World War I and World War II, according to the department.
By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.