Christmas in Texas
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Rocket Park, Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
The Saturn V stack on display is one of three remaining from the Apollo program and the only one that consists entirely of flight hardware (the other two have a mix of flight hardware and test components).
San Jacinto Monument
The first US battleship to be preserved as a museum, the USS Texas is also the only Dreadnought-type (WWI) battleship on display in the world. The USS Texas served in WWI and WWII and is displayed as she would have appeared circa 1944. Restoration work is ongoing and funds are being raised to dry-berth the vessel. The underwater hull is in poor condition but the proposed dry-berthing will allow restoration.
The USS Stewart (DE-238) is one of four remaining WWII era destroyer escorts and the only one preserved as a museum in the US. A less expensive war-emergency alternative to a destroyer, the destroyer escort carried less armament and was slower than the destroyers of the day. They made good anti-submarine warfare vessels, though, as they were more maneuverable and carried the same sonar and ASW weapons as the larger destroyers. The USS Cavalla (SS-244) is a WWII fleet submarine that was converted post-war as a GUPPY 1A with increased battery capacity and better streamlining. Hurricane Ike shifted both the Cavalla and Stewart in their berths, although the Cavalla was not moved as far. The Cavalla has been stabilized and work to right the Stewart is ongoing. During the excavation process to right the Stewart, it was discovered that the DE is sitting on top of a 24-30' boat that Ike found & moved in her way. In spite of the heel, the Stewart reportedly is relatively undamaged.
Houston Ship Channel
Various pictures of the Houston Ship Channel. The vessel in the evening shots is the MV Aliakmon, a 30,000GRT product tanker.
Schulenburg, Texas, is one of a number of small towns founded by German immigrants in the 1800s. Many of these towns have good bakeries & restaurants, but this particular shop is a little different.
Dad & Roo