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BB-35 USS TEXAS
1915 - 1919

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Delta - Victor

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New York Class Battleship: Displacement 27,000 Tons, Dimensions, 573' (oa) x 95' 3" x 29' 7" (Max). Armament 10x 14"/45 21 x 5"/51, 56 x 4 x 21" tt. Armor, 12" Belt, 14" Turrets, 3" Decks, 12" Conning Tower. Machinery, 28,100 IHP; Vertical, triple expansion engines, 2 screws. Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 1052.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA., April 17, 1911. Launched May 18, 1912. Commissioned March 12, 1914. Decommissioned April 21, 1948. Stricken April 21, 1948.
Fate: Perserved as memorial, San Jacinto Battlefield, 3523 Highway 134, La Porte TX, 77571.Texas.
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BB-35 Texas73k"The Holland - America Liner Ryndam, settling low in the water after her collision with the Cuneo, convoyed by the battleship Texas (BB-35), from which this photo was taken." Photo from Brown Bros., text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 6 June 1915, Page 8, courtesy of memory.loc.gov. T
BB-35 Texas66kTexas (BB-35) on patrol somewhere post July 1916. 3inch AA guns are atop the crane posts and the gun were not installed until July 1916. Text courtesy of Chuck Moore. U.S. Navy Photograph, contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
BB-35 Texas110kCaptain Victor Blue, USN. He was the third commanding Officer of the Battleship Texas (BB-35), from 14 August 1916 to 31 December 1918. Photo taken on board. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-35 Texas111kTexas (BB-35) at Hampton Roads during December, 1916. Two 3" A.A. guns atop her derrick posts were the first aboard U. S. battleships. The engineering "E" is on her aft stack and unarmored rangefinders are seen on turrets #2, 3, and 4.USN photo.
BB-35 Texas118kPhoto of the Texas (BB-35) circa 1917 in the East River, NYC. Photo Courtesy of the Photos of the Great War website thanks to Ray Mentzer & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-35 Texas25k Hull of Texas (BB-35) shown in dry-dock at New York Navy Yard. The Texas ran aground at Block Island on 27 September 1917. U.S. Navy Photograph, contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
BB-35 Texas122kTexas (BB-35) heads upriver towards the New York Navy Yard sometime before Oct 1917. Topmasts are down to allow passage under the Brooklyn Bridge. Notice 5"/51 caliber anti-destroyer gun mounted at her stern. This, along with all the other hull mounted guns, were eventually eliminated due to their closeness to the waterline. They were wet even in moderate seas.
In this photo all 19 original hull guns are still present. The first removals were in Oct 1917, per the armament page of the ship's deck log.
USN photo. Partial text and photo i.d. courtesy of Chuck Moore.
BB-35 Texas135kU.S. Atlantic Fleet with the battleship Texas (BB-35) leading. Photo taken in 1917. Digital ID: # cph 3b17917. Photograph submitted by Bill Gonyo. Photo added 09/09/08.
BB-35 Texas22kFire and smoke erupt from her turrets while firing a broadside. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-35 Texas19kThe size of the clouds of smoke are larger than the Texas (BB-35) as all guns are let loose. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-35 Texas53kCage mast against the sky.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-35 Texas36k Fish for dinner? Crewmen wheeling a torpedo across Texas' (BB-35) deck.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-35 Texas25kThe bridge.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-35 Texas178k "Destroyer Life", Poem by Berton Braley, circa 1918. Illustrated by Chief Quartermaster S.G. Berry, USN, with the flags of the World War I western allies and sketches of contrasting life on board destroyers (at right) with that on board battleships. The Texas (BB-35) is mentioned among the bttleships. Photo # NH 75532-KN, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C., 1972.
Burnell Poole199k This rare oil painting by American artist Burnell Poole, "The 6th Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet Leaving the Firth of Forth", is one of less than two dozen paintings owned by the Navy that depicts U.S. naval operations in World War One (WWI). After years of being considered a total loss by Navy Art Gallery curators it has been restored to near perfect condition. The entire process took several months, but the result is the total recovery of a painting that is sure to establish Burnell Poole's name among the best marine painters of the early 20th century.
The composition of the ships of the 6th Battle Squadron during their operational history, appearing in the painting in no particular order were: Delaware (BB-28), Florida (BB-30),Wyoming (BB-32), Arkansas (BB-33), New York (BB-34), Texas (BB-35), & Arizona (BB-39).
Photo and partial text courtesy of Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C., File photo # N-0000X-001.
BB-35 Texas59k The Texas (BB-35) in 1918, line drawing by A.L. Raven.
The date is close to Nov. 1918 (for the Pilot House is present) but Texas did not have 3 inch guns atop turret 3, turret 4 and on the superstructure until August 1921. The enclosed torpedo defense platform on the mainmast (the structure below the searchlight platform) was not installed until late 1919 to 1920, as was the foremast. The present hull guns forward were removed in Jan 1918 and the present middle casemate guns were removed in Oct 1917. The airplane platform atop Turret 2 should be present for it was installed at the same time as the enclosed Pilot House.
From U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Partial text and photo i.d. courtesy of Chuck Moore.
Sixth Battle Squadron72k Battleships of the Sixth Battle Squadron (anchored in column in the left half of the photograph): included the
Florida (BB-30)
Utah (BB-31)
Wyoming (BB-32)
Arkansas (BB-33)
New York (BB-34)
Texas (BB-35)
Nevada (BB-36)
Oklahoma (BB-37)
Pennsylvania (BB-38)
& Arizona (BB-39) at one time or another.
There are only three of the battleships present in this photo at Brest, France, on 13 December 1918. George Washington (ID-3018), which had just carried President Woodrow Wilson from the United States to France, is in the right background.
USNHC # NH 63454 photographed by Zimmer.
BB-35 Texas94k Texas (BB-35) around 26 Dec 1918 or later for the airplane fly off platform is atop turret (installed 20 Oct - 4 Nov 1918), and NYC is in the background USN photo by E. Harland, courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Partial text and photo i.d. courtesy of Chuck Moore.
BB-35 Texas91kTexas (BB-35) off Brest, France in late 1918 as part of Battle Squadron 6. Super firing turrets are equipped with flying off platforms but she wouldn't launch planes until 1919. Texas was the first battleship in the U.S. Navy to be fitted with the platforms. The sea here is moderate but the hull mounted secondary weapons are close to the water and in the spray.USN photo.
BB-35 Texas73k Texas (BB-35) , photo date is 26 Dec 1918 or later for the airplane flyofff platform is atop turret (installed 20 Oct - 4 Nov 1918), and NYC is in the background. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Text and photo i.d. courtesy of Chuck Moore.
New York Harbor46k"American dreadnoughts & superdreadnoughts steaming into New York harbor 14 April 1919."
The Texas (BB-35) leads the procession with a airplane on her turret catapult. Note the escorting biplane.
Photo by Paul Thompson, text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 31 December 1919, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
BB-35 Texas90k"Birdseye view of the battleship Texas (BB-35), showing the mighty guns that make it one of the most deadly engines of destruction afloat." Photo by International News Agency, text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 31 December 1919, Page 376, courtesy of memory.loc.gov. Photo added 09/09/08.
BB-35 Texas31k Texas (BB-35) with a airplane on her turret catapult, circa early 1919. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-35 Texas524k"Gobs" and Guns. A scene aboard the Texas (BB-35), just back from foreign waters, showing the "gobs" enjoying a little fun on the big guns. Photo by Underwood & Underwood, circa 1919. NARA FILE #: 165-WW-332D-43. Photo # HD-SN-99-02128 & text courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil, Defense Visual Information Center.
BB-35 Texas98k Off New York City, circa 1919.USNHC # NH 61243.
BB-35 Texas62kTexas (BB-35) off New York City, circa 1919. Note plane on platform over #2 turret. Another, disassembled, plane is on the #3 turret.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # NH 60339, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-35 Texas65kCaptain Frank H. Schofield, USN, Commanding Officer, Texas (BB-35), at left, on board his ship, circa 1919, with his Executive Officer, Commander Ralph A. Koch, USN. Note the fire hose on the bulkhead between them. USNHC # NH NH 104942. Collection of Commander Haines H. Lippincott, USN (ChC).
BB-35 Texas44k25 July 1919 photo of the Texas (BB-35) transiting the Panama Canal through Gatun Locks on her way to the Pacific. U.S. Navy Photograph, contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
BB-35 Texas112kSeen here in the Panama canal in the upper Gatun lock. Note aircraft on top of the #2 turret. Photo taken 25 July 1919. Text contributed by Chuck Moore. Photo courtesy of National Archives / USN photo.
BB-35 Texas124k Texas (BB-35) enroute to Guantanamo Bay for flight tests. Part of a flying-off platform can be seen atop #4 turret. The date is prior to Aug 1919 for Texas was operating in the Pacific from the 25 July Panama Canal crossing until Jan 1924. Text courtesy of Chuck Moore. U.S. Navy Photograph, contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.

USS TEXAS BB-35 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Arthur E Mayle
Address: 911 Free Way Melbourne, FL, 32940-6929
Phone: 407-242-0026
E-mail: None


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources
Special Feature Battleship Texas BB-35
87 Images of the only surviving American Dreadnought. 87 High Resolution Images also available.
Unofficial Web Site By D. Mitchell.
Great site detailing the restoration work on the Texas (BB-35) and tons of other information.
Battleship Texas - BB-35 By Charles Moore.
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Official Web Site (State of Texas)

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