Shooting up the battleship Texas for target practice [graphic materials]

Series number
March 21–22, 1911
Physical description
24 photographs : col. lantern slides ; 8.1 cm x 10 cm
Administrative history / Biographical sketch

USS Texas was a second-class battleship built by the United States in the early 1890s, the first American battleship commissioned and the first ship named in honor of the state of Texas to be built by the United States. After the Spanish–American War, Texas returned to peacetime duty, interrupted by several refits. She became the station ship in Charleston, South Carolina, by 1908 and was renamed San Marcos in 1911 to allow her name to be used by a new battleship. She became a target ship that same year and was sunk in shallow water in Tangier Sound in Chesapeake Bay on 21–22 March 1911 by gunfire from the battleship New Hampshire. No detailed examination was made afterward, but it was noted that there were so many holes below the waterline that the water in the forward and rear compartments generally took on the motion of the outside water. The interior above the waterline was generally demolished. She was used as a gunnery target throughout World War II and was finally demolished in 1959 because her remains were considered a navigational hazard.

Source: Wikipedia: USS Texas (1892)

Scope & content
Series consists of lantern slides of using the battleship USS Texas as military target practice. Images are likely hand tinted.
Reproductions: Copyright unknown. Please consult with the Archivist.