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Battleship Texas: The Lone Star Ship (2001)

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More than 120 ships entered service into the United States Navy during the beginning of the 20th century. Only one survived to the end. This forty-six minute long documentary explores the ... See full summary »

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More than 120 ships entered service into the United States Navy during the beginning of the 20th century. Only one survived to the end. This forty-six minute long documentary explores the famous and news-making history of the USS Texas, BB-35, the very last surviving Dreadnought-style ship in the entire world and the only ship left to have actively served in both world wars. The program begins with the construction of the famed ship, named for the great state of Texas, and her commission in 1914. The story continues as the new ship, barely finished, was sent to Mexico to stop a terrorist uprising. Interviews with military historians give insight to her incredible engineering attributes such as being the first battleship class with 14" guns - the largest guns in the world at time of completion; being the first battleship class in the US Navy to carry radar; being the flagship of the Northern Attack Group during the North African landings in 1942. Moving through her exploits in World ... Written by Doug Murray <skypup@flash.net>

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20 June 2001 (USA)  »

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A very good documentary about an important piece of our history
15 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film manages to cover in a short time much of the rich history of the Battleship USS Texas (BB-35). From her construction to all the technological firsts she was involved in until her final disposition as a museum ship at the San Jaciento Battlegrounds, the film hits all the major points of the history of BB-35.

Having visited the USS Texas before, it was inspirational to see her steaming ahead during her service in the old black-and-white films used in some sequences of this documentary. Interviews with actual USS Texas veterans add to the gravity of the film. If you can see this film, do so. If you can see the ship, even better.


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