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Battleship Texas Still Leaking

Temporary patch fails to stop leak

Thursday, Jun 21, 2012  |  Updated 12:04 PM CDT
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Battleship Texas Still Leaking

Flickr/Evan Carroll

Battleship Texas with the San Jacinto Monument in the background.

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Inspectors are renewing their search for leaks aboard the Battleship Texas after a temporary patch failed to stop leaks in the 100-year-old battlewagon's rusted hull that caused flooding.

Ship manager Andy Smith tells the Houston Chronicle that the rubber patch placed over a two-inch hole Tuesday decreased the leak from more than 1,100 gallons per minute to about 250 gallons.

However, he says the continued leak means the patch isn't watertight or that there are other holes in the hull.

The battleship, which fought in World Wars I and II and has been berthed permanently beside the Houston Ship Channel since 1948 as a state-owned memorial and museum, will likely remain closed through Friday as inspections continue.

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