100-year-old Battleship Texas springs massive leak

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Associated Press

Posted on June 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM

LA PORTE, Texas (AP) — Hoses zigzag across the deck of the 100-year-old Battleship Texas as a crew works diligently to remove dozens of gallons of oil-laced water that has caused the vessel to list.

Ship manager Andy Smith said Wednesday he hopes the oil will have been removed by late Wednesday so the crew can begin looking for the cause of the leak. He says they still don't know why the ship that sits on Buffalo Bayou became flooded over the weekend, but it could be multiple leaks.

An 87-year-old World War II veteran who helped repair a leak in the 1980s visited the ship in hopes of again contributing to the solution.

The ship that fought in World Wars I and II is now a museum. Parts of the ship remain open.

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