Monday, May 18, 2020

Crew repainting hull of USS Texas (BB-35) while she sits in drydock at New York Navy Yard, sometime between January 19th and 27th, 1918.

During this time period, she was preparing to join the US Fleet in Scapa Flow after repairs to her hull following a grounding at Block Island, RI on September 28, 1917. This including painting the ship’s hull, changing out of all 14" armor shells for new shells, bringing onboard $87,000 for pay, provisioned with 1,200lbs head cheese, 300lbs yeast, 2,000lbs hamburger, 1,160lbs tongue,1,368 bottles Welch’s grape juice, 2,250lbs oranges, 2,331lbs bacon, 1,200lbs lunch meat, and 135 crates of white potatoes, on-loading 1,533 tons of coal, 14 tons of paint, and 50 drums of gasoline. The Red Cross provided a large quantity of knitted sweaters, socks and mittens for the crew.


  1. Neat history. Looks like the anchor chains have been run out as well.

  2. I had no idea that the bul bow (bulbous bow) had been worked out so long ago.


    1. I believe that was actually a ram. Some cruisers and dreadnoughts had them in the late 19th Century when Texas was built.

  3. I would venture to say that only a very, very small percentage of Americans today know what "head cheese" is. LOL

  4. Never see a ships crew painting the side of their vessel anymore. Contractors do all painting.