July 5, 2019

LIVING HISTORY: Naval warships, faced with steep maintenance costs, fight to survive.

The Battleship Texas has been docked on the Houston Ship Channel for more than 70 years, offering anyone who hops onboard a glimpse of its glory.

“It was at every major American amphibious landing in World War 2. It was at North Africa, D-Day, Omaha Beach, Okinawa, and Iwo Jima,” said Tony Gregory, chairman of the board of trustees for the Battleship Texas Foundation.

But, faced with high maintenance costs and a low number of visitors, the last remaining World War I dreadnought will be moving to a new location where it can generate more traffic and, thus, more revenue.

The memorial is one of several naval ships turned tourist attractions that are struggling to stay financially afloat.

If you’ve never visited any of the retired battleships, aircraft carriers, or submarines on display around the nation, you really ought to.

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