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Video Game Helps Keep Battleship Texas Afloat

The 104-year-old ship, which served in both world wars, suffers from significant deterioration and constant leaks.

The Battleship Texas

A free, online combat game allows participants to command iconic ships in historic naval battles. The Battleship Texas Foundation has partnered with Wargaming.net to help raise funds for the preservation of one of those dreadnoughts. Bruce Bramlett is with the foundation.

“It’s all about being in command of the Battleship Texas, and the graphics are, they’re just astounding.”

Proceeds are being used to prevent further deterioration of the leaky ship. Currently about 300 tons of water have to be pumped out each day.

“And we’re gonna lose her if she remains in the water. The water wins that fight every time.”

A team of engineers and preservationists want to move the ship to land, much like the dry-docked Cutty Sark in London. Bramlett says he could see the effort is worth it when he attended the 100th anniversary of the Battleship Texas in 2014.

“We had 36 former crew members — their children, their grandchildren, their great-grandchildren — watch their families see those men in the context of being on the ship, and what it meant to them.”

To date, “World of Warships” has raised almost $300,000 for preservation.

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