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LaPorte in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

U.S.S. Texas

National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark

 
 
U.S.S. <i>Texas</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 15, 2010
1. U.S.S. Texas Marker
Inscription.
Last steam engine-driven battleship
Four cylinder triple expansion steam engines
Largest afloat (27,000 h.p.) at commissioning (1914)
Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.
U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers - 1975

 
Erected 1975 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 29° 45.384′ N, 95° 5.397′ W. Marker is in LaPorte, Texas, in Harris County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Road 2 miles north of Pasadena Freeway (Texas Highway 225). Click for map. The Battleship Texas is in San Jacinto State Park, berthed in a cove off the Houston Ship Channel. The marker is on the ship's quarterdeck - on the Turret No. 4 barbette, above the "Battleship Texas" National Historical Landmark plaque. Marker is in this post office area: La Porte TX 77571, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Marine Division (a few steps from this marker); Issaac L. Jaques (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Twin Sisters
U.S.S. <i>Texas</i>' Mechanical Engineering Landmark Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 15, 2010
2. U.S.S. Texas' Mechanical Engineering Landmark Marker
Displayed above her National Historic Landmark plaque.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Surrender of Santa Anna (approx. 0.2 miles away); De Zavala Plaza (approx. 0.2 miles away); San Jacinto Battleground Park (approx. mile away); San Jacinto Monument (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lynchburg Town Ferry (approx. one mile away).
 
Also see . . .
1. New York class battleship. Wikipedia Article
The New York class was the last full class to use vertical triple expansion (VTE) engine equipment. (Submitted on September 20, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

2. Battleship Texas State Historic Site. (Submitted on September 20, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional comments.
1. National Register of Historic Places:
U.S.S. TEXAS *** (added 1976 - Structure - #76002039) —
Also known as The Battleship Texas —
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering —
Architect, builder, or engineer: Newport News Shipbuilding Co. —
Architectural Style: Other —
Area of Significance: Military, Engineering —
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949 —
Historic
Quarterdeck of U.S.S. <i>Texas</i> - at the end the pedestrian bridge image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 8, 2010
3. Quarterdeck of U.S.S. Texas - at the end the pedestrian bridge
from the ship's tour ticket office ashore - marker panels displayed at left.
Function: Defense, Transportation —
Historic Sub-function: Naval Facility, Water-Related —
Current Function: Recreation And Culture —
Current Sub-function: Museum —
    — Submitted September 27, 2010, by R. Zebley of Rapid City, South Dakota.

2. Marker Clarification
I live in Fort Worth, TX, and have visited the USS Texas several times.

I've always considered this plaque to be a misnomer, unless one wants to consider a steam turbine to NOT be a steam engine. I think the plaque should more properly read: "Last reciprocating steam engine-driven battleship . . . . .".
    — Submitted May 3, 2011, by Brad Bradfield of Fort Worth, Texas.

 
Additional keywords. "Battleship Texas"; BB-35; Vertical Triple Expansion (VTE) reciprocating steam-driven engines.
 
Categories. LandmarksWar, World IWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
U.S.S. <i>Texas</i> - view from the bridge with the ship's forward 14 inch guns image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 15, 2010
4. U.S.S. Texas - view from the bridge with the ship's forward 14 inch guns
bearing toward the San Jacinto Monument.
U.S.S. <i>Texas</i> (BB-35) image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 15, 2010
5. U.S.S. Texas (BB-35)
U.S.S. <i>Texas</i> 20 and 40 mm light anti-aircraft guns and fire control director, aft of marker. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 15, 2010
6. U.S.S. Texas 20 and 40 mm light anti-aircraft guns and fire control director, aft of marker.
"TEXAS Through TIME" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 15, 2010
7. "TEXAS Through TIME"
informational panel on main deck.
 
 
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