The USS Texas, better known as the Battleship Texas, left its berth near Houston 31 August for the 40-mile (64-kilometre) journey to Gulf Copper & Manufacturing Corporations’ Galveston Shipyard, where the country’s first battleship to become a permanent museum ship will undergo $35 million in hull repairs.

The ship, also the first to be declared a National Historic Landmark, was launched in 1912 and saw active duty in both world wars. USS Texas was turned over to the state of Texas to become a permanent memorial in 1948 and has spent most of the decades since moored in the Houston Ship Channel near the San Jacinto Monument at San Jacinto State Park.