USS Texas (BB-35)
one of two New York Class Battleships
World War 1 era “Dreadnaught” battleship
Built by Newport News Shipbuilding
Commissioned March, 1914, the “most powerful weapon in the world” at that time.
The only surviving U.S. battleship to have served in both world wars
Powered by coal-fired boilers and steam engines driving two propellers
Armament included ten 14-inch guns, twenty-one 5-inch guns, and four 21-inch torpedo tubes.
Her 14-inch guns fired 1400 lb armor-piercing shells with a range of 13 miles.
She was the first battleship to be armed with anti-aircraft guns.
Served in WW 1 in the North Sea
Served in WW2 escorting war convoys across Atlantic, then shelling German positions in North Africa and Normandy. After the Normandy invasion she was transferred to the Pacific where she participated in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
Museum Ship at San Jacinto, TXhttp://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/
A web site well worth visiting: http://battleshiptexas.org