Rag Saves USS Texas From Sinking The battleship USS Texas, which is now a museum, nearly sank at its permanent berth in the Houston Ship Channel. A rag and a backup pump saved the Texas. A pump in the steering compartment had burnt out. A rag was used to stop the leak and more than 100,000 gallons of water were pumped from the battleship.
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Rag Saves USS Texas From Sinking

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Rag Saves USS Texas From Sinking

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The battleship USS Texas, which is now a museum, nearly sank at its permanent berth in the Houston Ship Channel. A rag and a backup pump saved the Texas. A pump in the steering compartment had burnt out. A rag was used to stop the leak and more than 100,000 gallons of water were pumped from the battleship.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

If only it were this easy to stop an oil leak. The USS Texas is docked at a state park near Houston. The old battleship served in both World Wars. Now it's a museum, and a park employee noticed it was sinking. A water pump burned out. The ship settled low in the water before a backup pump was switched on. Employees pumped 105,000 gallons of water after stopping the leak in the battleship with a rag.

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