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San Jacinto Battleground State Park

Battleship Texas Hard Hat Tour

La Porte (Houston), Texas

January 18, 2003

Central Station

To the left of the distribution panel in the forward distribution room, a ladder leads up to Central Station. Central Station held an emergency control station (backup to the pilothouse and the armored conning tower) and served as the damage control officer's post and communication station. The helm dominates the room, with a communication switchboard in one corner and damage control instruments in another. A small armored tube leads up five decks to the conning tower, with ladder rungs on one side and an impressive number of cables and cords. (I'd love to try climbing that someday!) Central Station was one of the spaces on the tour lit only by our flashlights.

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San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park

USS Texas Volunteers Hard Hat Tour Information

USS Texas History and Information

A Photo Tour of USS Texas

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