World of Warships is raising money to keep the USS Texas afloat

    
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It seems fitting, yes.
The USS Texas launched more than a century ago, and at the time she was one of the most advanced warships in the world. Now, though, she’s a victim of bad weather, an aging craft that’s nearly sunk. But World of Warships has a bit of a thing about old warships staying afloat, so the game is offering players a chance to purchase items in the game and contribute to charity in the process. There are four new bundles available to add the USS Texas to your ship collection, along with a gaudy “Lone Star” camo patterns and a commemorative flag.

Players who opt for the largest bundle will also get a special mission to undertake 20 random battles with the USS Texas. If you already own the ship, buying one of the bundles which includes the ship will credit you for her normal purchase price for the in-game store, to boot. Check out videos of the ship in action and a bit more about the real ship just below.

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A Dad Supreme

Seems like a better use for the money and the ship would be to sink it and create a habitat for ocean life and a barrier reef. Given that places like the actual state of Texas have weather and man-made problems that destroy the reef already.

What better fitting could there be to an end of a good ship than to actually help protect the state of Texas in the decades to come?

Pretty sure we have tons of pictures and video that can show us what the Texas looked and ran like. I mean, it is over a century old so there isn’t any practical use you can get out of it.

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Aluminum Man

How about “you can walk on it and in it” for a practical use?

What reef do you think was destroyed in “the actual state of Texas” that this would somehow fix? There are other options to add to the reefs that are there anyway.

As for the end of a good ship – how about preserving some real, physical history for people to discover?

Old Ironsides is over 200 years old and is made of wood – should we sink her too? How about the Missouri? The Alabama? The Yorktown?

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Nathaniel Downes

You would be destroying the last Dreadnaught. Literally, destroying the sole surviving example. We have tons of pictures of the Armored Cruisers of the American Great White Fleet today, yet critical information is missing because we lack an example to study. Sure, the USS New York, a reef just outside of Manila bay, but it is not the same. Countless pieces of history, lost forever, over such foolish antics.

No, the Texas must stay afloat, for histories sake if nothing else.

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Melissa McDonald

I definitely believe in preserving old war relics. It’s a shame from a historical point of view that nearly the entire war machine of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan were destroyed. Now it’s to the point where there might be one example of a classic vintage airplane left in the world, a priceless museum piece. Or none at all…

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Kane Hart

Looks like an environmental disaster. How much to take it apart and recycle/scrap it environmentally safe?

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Nathaniel Downes

The loss to historians would bear no cost we can imagine.

No, seriously, the cost would be in the hundreds of trillions of dollars to reconstruct the methodologies used for study. There is no other surviving example of a Dreadnaught in the world and to reconstitute the industrial base needed is utterly staggering.

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Bývörðæįr mòr Vas´Ðrakken

If they dig out a launch cradle and pull the ship up a wooden launch cradle for the mean time they can laquor down the metal to slow or prevent the rust from the water moving against the steel eating through metal and paint alike.

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Hravik

Fortunately, Battleship North Carolina already has work on her cofferdam underway.

The Cofferdam and Walkway FAQs

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rafael12104

Tugging at the old heart strings here. I’ve been the the museum that is the USS Texas. It is a marvel. I’m no war hawk or ship aficionado, but it is impressive. And walking through and thinking about the young men who served her in times of war, what was at stake, and what they were asked to do made me really appreciate the history of this war ship.

So, wow. I hope she can be saved and it is good to see this game and it’s players contributing what they can.

Me? I live just a few hours away. And now, I think I may go down there and see if the museum is open. And even if it isn’t contribute what I can in person.

Hell, I may even ride my motorcycle down there. Lol!

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starbuck1771

The problem is the Texas should have been taken out of the water decades ago. What the hell did they expect. I hope they treat the Missouri a hell of a lot better when it comes time.

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rafael12104

Would have been much easier too. Plus the Houston ship channel is so polluted it is a wonder the water has sunk her already.

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Nathaniel Downes

Like the Mikasa, the Texas should be in a sea of concrete, to preserve her.

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Utakata

…but I was on the Missouri! o.O

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Nathaniel Downes

Envy!

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Chris Mc

That’s awesome. Remember seeing it as a kid. Games good, too.

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rafael12104

Same!

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Melissa McDonald

yes I enjoy the game a lot. Graphics are amazing, combats are heart-pounding, and the sinking animations are worth just stopping to watch in awe.