USS Texas in color

A reader sent in this great color pic of the USS Texas (BB 35):

And speaking of the Lone Star Battleship, no one has come forward with answers for the two USS Texas mysteries I posted a while back. Though I didn’t really expect someone to know what that handle was for, I was positive that someone would know which ship the oil-fired boilers used to refit the Texas had originally been intended for.

Go see my post (with lots of pics from my Hardhat Tour) for more info. You people have proven that you know some of the most arcane stuff. Don’t let Murdoc down, readers!

Speaking of Hard Hat Tours, one goes this weekend and the last of the season is on May 5th. You’ve got two choices, folks, for Cinco de Mayo: the MilBlog Conference or the USS Texas Hard Hat Tour. No other option is acceptable.