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Battleship Texas To Likely Reopen This Weekend

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 HOUSTON (AP) – An official says the 100-year-old Battleship Texas, which had been closed after several leaks flooded the vessel, will likely reopen this weekend.

Ship manager Andy Smith reportedly saidthe vessel, which fought in World Wars I and II, will probably open again on Saturday.

The ship has been plagued by a succession of leaks since early June.

Officials reportedly had planned to reopen the museum on the Fourth of July but two new leaks scrapped that plan. Those new leaks were patched but on Wednesday water was detected coming into one of the so-called “blister” tanks on the ship’s outer edge.

Smith says workers’ top priority will be locating the source of the incoming water.

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