Securing $1.5 Million For Houston's Battleship Texas
November 17, 2005
Washington, DC - Congressman Gene Green(D-Houston) secured $1.5 million for the restoration and preservation of Battleship TEXAS today in the FY 2006 Defense Appropriations bill in his multi-year effort to assist in the funding of the restoration of this great Texas historical site.
Battleship TEXAS has been a great instrument of education and recreation for thousands of families over the years, said Congressman Gene Green. We have approximately 200,000 the Battleship each year. Its the only warship that has served in both World War I and World War II. Its an honor to be able to be part of this project.
The Battleship TEXAS was commissioned in 1914 and is the only surviving battleship to have served our country in both the first and second World Wars. In 1948 TEXAS was decommissioned and moved to the historic site of the San Jacinto Battleground Park, becoming the nations first memorial battleship. In 1983, the Texas was placed under the stewardship of the Texas Parks and Wildlife and is permanently anchored on the Buffalo Bayou and the busy Houston Ship Channel.
Currently the Battleship TEXAS Foundation is looking to dry dock and restore the Battleship TEXAS and convert it into a historic naval museum.