Andy Smith is with Texas Parks and Wildlife and The Battleship Texas Foundation. The Texas is the magnificent battleship commissioned in 1912 which is moored near the San Jacinto Monument. It fought in both world wars and that is merely scratching the surface of her extraordinary history.
To preserve it, Andy and his team pump over 500 tons of water out of it every day and they are constantly making repairs as the structure deteriorates (she's a riveted construction). They are building the funds to put the ship in a permanent dry dock where she will continue to serve as a memorial to the men who sailed on it. So head over to www.BattleshipTexas.org, plan on taking the hard hat tour with your kids and consider donating a few bucks to help the Texas find a permanent, dry dock.