After our ultrasound last week, we wanted to drive down to the Gulf. However, the traffic was horrible! When we were on our way to the ultrasound, it took us 30 minutes to get five miles. The Gulf was quite a distance away and so we headed over to Galveston Bay instead. On our way, we saw signs for the Battleship Texas and figured we would check that out.
We bought our tickets and then crossed a bridge and went aboard. I was shocked at how crowded the deck was with guns and other things.
We saw steep stairs that went below, and since there weren’t any signs to keep out, we headed down. It was much cooler on the second deck, and once again I was surprised at the lack of room.
On the second deck, we were able to see where some of the seamen slept. We also saw their restrooms, which had wooden seats and seemed to seriously lack privacy. There were several kitchen areas, a laundry room, the brig, medical offices and many other rooms. The Captain’s corridors were so much nicer than the other areas. We learned that this ship served in WWI and WWII. We climbed down another set of steep stairs and explored the third deck. There were mostly engine rooms on that deck. We then made our way back to the top.
There were more steep stairs that led up to the upper areas. It was pretty hot and those stairs were very steep, so Rod took the older kids on up and the littles and I went to find some shade.
You can see Rod and the kids on the middle tower.
We all had a great time and it was amazing to see the sacrifices that our Armed Forces make to keep us safe. It was also mind-boggling to be on this huge piece of steel and concrete and know that it can float. It makes you proud to be an American.
*I apologize for my lack of knowledge of proper ship terms.