Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Visiting the Battleship Texas and San Jacinto Battleground

This is the sight of the battleship Texas, which is moored in the Houston Ship Canal. This ship was built in 1912 -1914 and served in both WWI and WWII. It is an amazing historical tribute to the Navy and gives you a great insight into life on a ship almost 100 years old. 

The Texas has 10 14" guns as well as many smaller weapons. Wow -- I would hate to have been on the wrong end of these barrels! 

The battleship is an amazing sight. We also learned that during Hurricane Ike, there was an 18' storm surge and the big ship came though in great shape.

Here, Orinda models the Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft gun. During WWII, about 1,800 men served on the Texas which must have made for very close quarters.

This is the fantastic monument at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site which is at the same site as the Texas battleship. This monument is taller than the Washington monument in Washington, DC and celebrates the victory by Sam Houston over the Mexican Army and thus ensuring the independence of Texas. This is well worth the stop and you will learn a terrific amount of information on the early history of Texas and the west in general.

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