Aug. 25 last date to visit the Battleship Texas before repairs

FILE - This May 14, 2012, file photo shows the Battleship Texas in its berth along the Houston Ship Channel in La Porte, Texas. Leaks have been fixed on the retired Battleship and the historic site reopens Saturday, June 17, 2017, after…

LA PORTE, Texas - Officials say Aug. 25 is the last date for public visits to the Battleship Texas near Houston before the 107-year-old vessel undergoes repairs.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department says staff and contractors, starting Aug. 26, need full access to the ship at La Porte to prepare for $35 million in renovations.

The agency in June announced a pared-back summer schedule for visitors at the Battleship Texas State Historic Site so personnel could begin cataloging thousands of artifacts. The historic items will be put into storage before the Battleship Texas goes into dry dock to fix the leaking hull.

The Battleship Texas Foundation in May announced the ship would get a new home following repairs. No site was announced.

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