Battleship Texas

A U.S. Navy sailor watches from the Galveston Naval Museum as the USS Texas is towed into Galveston Harbor on Wednesday.

The arrival of the battleship USS Texas in Galveston this week was an important moment, and Galveston needs to get behind finding a way to secure her permanent home on the island.

As reported in The Daily News, thousands of people came out to see the historic arrival — not only locals.

Leonard Woolsey: 409-683-5207; leonard.woolsey@galvnews.com

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Jim Casey

People who want the USS Texas permanently located in Galveston need to come up with a business plan that includes realistic long-term funding. This ship requires millions of dollars a year in maintenance. That's why the state of Texas and city of Houston don't want to support it.

George Croix

That piece was pretty thick on drama......however worthy the old girl might be....

Charles Wiley

The USS Texas is a state asset, the State of Texas owns this ship and as such is responsible for long term Maintenence. It’s wishful thinking that relegating management of the ship somehow relieves the state of responsibility. Surely there are grant funds available for long term maintenence. Let’s take a billion or so from the Ukraine grants and provide for the Texas.

Jim Forsythe

Charles, in 2019, the Texas Legislature turned over operations to the Battleship Texas Foundation. Lawmakers appropriated $35 million for repairs but ordered the foundation to find the ship a permanent, self-sustaining home. Why are we, the state of Texas paying $35 million, and we do not even know if a home can be found for the USS Texas. We may still have to dispose of it after spending $35 million.

Now it is up to the Battleship Texas Foundation to find a way to finance over $100,000 a month ($3,333 a day) in cost or decide how they will dispose of it.

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