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Battleship Texas is Hunkering Down For Cindy

Now, with Tropical Storm Cindy approaching the crew is taking extra precautions to keep the vessel afloat.


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Battleship Texas has been through both World Wars, but after sitting in the ship channel since 1948, it's not as robust as it used to be.

The person who knows that best is Stephanie Croatt.

She manages the maintenance of Battleship Texas.

"As everyone knows if you put a piece of steel in water it is going to rust," says Croatt.

That rusting is what contributed to the vessels latest leakage a week ago.

Croatt says it's not easy maintaining a ship that's almost 100 feet longer than a football field.

"This ship was built to be maintained by 800 to 1800 crew members, and we have eight maintenance guys maintain her now," Croatt says. (0:09)

The leaks in the ship have been repaired, but Croatt says if there is a flood warning they are taking 24 hour preventive steps.

"We bring in specially trained contractors, our underwater drivers, our marine salvage people, and confined space rescue groups who are also working 24 hours," Croatt says.

Specifically for Cindy, Croatt says they've added more lines of support to the shore in case of heavy winds.

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