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TEXAS
(2nd Class Battleship)


Texas Class Battleship: Displacement 6,315 Tons, Dimensions, 308' 10" (oa) x 64' 1" x 24' 6" (Max). Armament 2 x 12"/35 2 x 6"/30, 4 x 21" tt. Armor, 12" Belt, 12" Turrets, 3" Decks, 9" Conning Tower. Machinery, 8,000 IHP; 2 Vertical, Triple expansion engines, 2 screws. Speed, 17 Knots, Crew 392.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Norfolk Naval Ship Yard, on June 1, 1889. Launched January 28, 1892. Commissioned August 15, 1895. Decommissioned January 27, 1896. Recommissioned July 20, 1896. Decommissioned November 30, 1900. Recommissioned November 2, 1902. Decommissioned January 8, 1908. Recommissioned September 1, 1908. Decommissioned February 1, 1911. Renamed San Marcos, February 16, 1911. Stricken October 11, 1911.
Fate: Sunk as target off Tangier Island, Maryland, March 22, 1911, by the battleship New Hampshire (BB-25).

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Texas 327k Deck plan of the Texas, 1892. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Texas 100k Early postcard of the Texas. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Texas 37k Texas discharging ammunition, between 1895 and 1901. Photo by Edward H. Hart, published by The Detriot Publishing Company as # det 4a14773 & now in the archives of the Library of Congress, (LOC) as # LC-D4-21010.
Texas 26k An officer's room aboard the Texas between 1895 and 1901. Photo by Edward H. Hart, courtesy of The Detriot Publishing Company as # det 4a14766 & now in the archives of the Library of Congress, (LOC) as # LC-D4-21004.
Texas 39k Texas in drydock, between 1895 and 1901. Photo by Edward H. Hart, courtesy of The Detriot Publishing Company as # det 4a14756 & now in the archives of the Library of Congress, (LOC) as # LC-D4-20993.
BB-4 Iowa 115 Painting entitled "Before the War" by Carlton T. Chapman, depicting the U.S. North Atlantic Squadron anchored in Hampton Roads, Virginia, circa late March or early April 1898. Iowa (BB-04) is seen very distantly, and partially, on the right side of the image. Ships present are (left to right: New York (CA-2), Indiana (BB-1), Texas, Massachusetts (BB-2), Columbia (C-12) and Iowa. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 78627-KN, courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC. Donation of Capt. R.G. Colbert, USN.
Texas 75k "Assembling the Fleet at Key West -- Sunday Service on the Battleship Texas." Colored print after a painting by Howard Chandler Christy, March 1898, copyright 1898 by P.F. Collier. Ship in the left background is the cruiser New York. Collections of the Navy Department, purchased from Lawrence Lane, 1970. Navy Curator Accession #: 70-638-A, # NH 71830-KN.
Texas 39k Original photograph of "Assembling the Fleet at Key West -- Sunday Service on the Battleship Texas." Note the women on the left side. Ship in the left background is the cruiser New York. Submitted by Ray Kallman, courtesy of the Library of Congress as # LC-D428-765.
Texas 66k Texas in Cuban waters, during the Spanish-American War, May-July 1898. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 89467 courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Texas 39k Tompion of 12-inch gun made of metal from Vizcaya, recording engagements of Texas in Spanish War, 1898. Photo by Edward H. Hart, courtesy of The Detriot Publishing Company as # det 4a14779 & now in the archives of the Library of Congress, (LOC) as # LC-D4-21018.
Texas 77k Texas ready for post-war drydocking, at the New York Navy Yard, 3 August 1898. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 74104.
Texas 93k Texas as completed, line drawing by A.D. Baker III. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
Texas 66k Crewmen pose in front of the battleship's port side (forward) 12"/35 gun, 1898. This view looks aft, with boat stowage and a winch at the left. Original photograph was printed on a stereograph card by Strohmeyer & Wyman, New York, 1898. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 93700.
Texas 191k The home-coming of the fleet -- with the Texas in view at the naval parade, New York, 20 August 1898. Photo # J239186 U.S. Copyright Office. Digital ID: cph 3c03140. Source: Library of Congress, Photographer: Edward H. Hart.:Illus. in: Harper's weekly, 1898 Sept. 3, p. 864. Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo. Photo added 06/27/08.
Texas 39k Texas photographed in 1898, probably upon her return to U.S. waters from Spanish-American War service. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 61227.
Texas 48k Taking on coal from a lighter, 1898. The original photograph was copyright 1898 by B.L. Singley, and published on a stereograph card by the Keystone View Company. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 82646.
Texas 82k Bow view of the Texas, possibly entering south to Hampton Roads where she arrived on 2 December 1898. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Texas 177k Metal postcard of the Texas, 1898. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Return of the Conquerors, 29 September  1899 60k Oil on canvas painting entitled "Return of the Conquerors, 29 September 1899", by the artist Edward Moran (1829-1901), which appears in the collections of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland, features the Texas, Indiana (BB-01), Massachusetts (BB-02), Oregon (BB-03), Iowa (BB-04) and other ships of the victorious U.S. fleet. Partial text and drawing courtesy of USNI.
Texas 210k Texas, renamed the San Marcos. Port bow, underway, ca. 1900. National Archives #19-N-6797.
Texas 41k Crewmen pose with mascot dog and cat at the muzzle of one of the ship's 12"/35 guns. The original photograph was copyrighted in 1900 by R.Y. Young, and published as a lightly color-tinted semi- transparency stereograph card by the American Stereoscopic Co., New York. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 100333.
Texas 73k Starboard broadside view of a colored postcard of the Texas by Enrique Muller, 1907. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Texas 35k San Marcos, circa March 1911. Courtesy of hazegray.org.
Texas 131k San Marcos, circa March 1911, after being used as a target ship. Courtesy of Michael Hughes.
Texas 69k View of San Marcos, circa March 1911, showing the results of target practice, most likely from the Kansas (BB-21). The officers and crew are also most probably from the Kansas. Courtesy of Michael Hughes.
Texas 71k View of San Marcos, circa March 1911, showing the results of target practice, on the deck, most likely from the Kansas (BB-21). The officers and crew are also most probably from the Kansas. Courtesy of Michael Hughes.
BB-8 Alabama83kEx-Alabama (BB-8) showing the effect of a phosphorus bomb, while serving as a target for U.S. Army bombers in Chesapeake Bay, 27 September 1921. An Army Martin twin-engine bomber is flying overhead. Also visible, in the foreground, is a Navy F5L seaplane. Wrecks in the distance are the old battleships San Marcos (furthest to the left) and Indiana (BB-1). This photograph has been hand-tinted in colors. Photograph # NH 263-KN, from the collections of the United States Naval Historical Center.
(NISMF)376kA guest studies a painting depicting the history of battleships. The artwork was painted by George Skybeck and presented to the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association during their annual banquet at Honolulu, Hawaii, on 8 Dec 1991. USN photo # DN-SC-92-05391, by PHC Carolyn Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.

Additional Texas Images
Texas 56 Images From The Library Of Congress Server.

TEXAS History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Not Applicable To This Ship.

Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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