I took the photo above in 2009 when I went with my son and my husband to see the Battleship Texas, also known as the U.S.S. Texas (BB-35). You can see my son and my husband to the right and the stairway to the left. I’d like to call it a stairway to a large piece of history.
“When the United States formally entered World War II in 1941, Texas took on the role of escorting war convoys across the Atlantic, and she later shelled Axis-held beaches for the North African campaign and the Normandy Landings before being transferred to the Pacific Theater late in 1944 to provide naval gunfire support during the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
Texas was decommissioned in 1948, having earned a total of five battle stars for service in World War II, and is presently a museum ship near Houston, Texas. Among the world’s remaining battleships, Texas is notable for being the oldest remaining dreadnought battleship. She is also noteworthy for being one of only six remaining ships to have served in both World Wars. Among US-built battleships, Texas is notable for her sizable number of firsts: the first US battleship to mount anti-aircraft guns, the first US ship to control gunfire with directors and range-keepers (analog forerunners of today’s computers), the first US battleship to launch an aircraft,one of the first to receive the CXAM-1 version of CXAM commercial radar in the US Navy,the first US battleship to become a permanent museum ship, and the first battleship declared to be a US National Historic Landmark.”
(Excerpt of Wikipedia entry for U.S.S Texas)
Below is the inside of the Battleship. This second photo shows a ladder, “special stairway”, that is very steep and takes you to the upper deck of the Battleship. The day we visited was very hot and only a few fans were inside the ship, so I was looking forward to climbing up those steps to the open air upper deck.
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