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Battleship Texas Springs a Leak

Crews working to repair holes in 100-year-old ship

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012  |  Updated 8:58 AM CDT
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Battleship Texas Springs a Leak

Flickr/Evan Carroll

Battleship Texas with the San Jacinto Monument in the background.

Ship caretakers are working quickly to pump gallons of bilge water from the 100-year-old Battleship Texas and repair holes that caused the vessel to list dangerously over the weekend.

Ship manager Andy Smith says the crew is first pumping water from the bottom levels of the ship. He says a tanker is skimming oil from the water to ensure it doesn't run off into the Houston Ship Channel. A boom has been strung to contain any oil the tanker misses.

Smith says once the water is removed from the battleship that fought in World Wars I and II, the crew will patch the holes that caused the leaks.

The battleship sits on Buffalo Bayou near the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and is now a museum.

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