Launching the Texas - Super-DN, covered in Pennsylvania

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Launching the Texas - Super-DN, covered in Pennsylvania - GREATEST BATTLESHIP ED LAUNCH SATURDA Namesake...
GREATEST BATTLESHIP ED LAUNCH SATURDA Namesake of One of the Fighting Craft Which Did Such Valian Service in the War With Spain Takes to the Waters , By Associated Press. Newport News, Va., May 19. With launching here Saturday of the super dreadnaught Texas the American Navy counted as Its proud possession the biggest and the most powerful battleship the world has ever seen Other nations are trying desperately for the honor of owning the greatest warship, but it will be months after the Texas and her sister ship the New York, which will be launched at the New York Navy Yard in July, have taken the water before the monster ships planned to outsize them an now under construction In European shipyards will be waterborne. It was deemed fitting that these two exemp lars of the highest skill of the ship wright should bear the names of two warships which covered themselves with glory during the Spanlsh - Ameri can War. The Texas with all of her stores aboard will displace 28,367 tons or 1,000 tons more than the great Dread naught Arkansas, now about ready for commission. She is 573 feet long, 95 feet, 24 inches beam so that she will have almost 15 feet to spare in passing through the Panama Canal locks. Her draft will be 28 .feet inches and her speed 21 knots, which kwould have been high speed for cruiser a few years ago. It Is, a' remarkable fact that the 27,000 horsepower required to main tain this speed will be developed in the case of the Texas by twin screw vertl cal, triple expansion engines of the old type, instead of by turbines. . which have been almost universally adopted abroad in all naval constructions. This machinery is installed because of the conviction of American naval engi neers that the reciprocating engine is the most economical and reliable for battleship practice. The Texas presents some features of interest entirely apart from her great size. In the first place, her launching comes Just about thirteen months from the date her keel was laid; a re markable performance for American shipwrights and a practical demonstration demonstration of their ability to turn out warships as rapidly as any nation in the world under proper incentive. In the second place, the Texas will be the first ship In the world to carry fourteen - inch guns. - The Texas will be clothed with armor In plenty; not only over her vitals but even the ordinarily exposed ends of the ship, but in conformity with the new rule adopted by the Navy Department the details of its thickness and general disposition are withheld from publication lest the information information might be of profit to a pos sible future enemy. The Texas after she Is in the water, will be far from complete and she will not be ready to go into commission until December 17 next year. As she emerges from the builders' hands her total ost will be about $10, 000,000. The launching of the great ship drew to the yards of The Newport News Shipbuilding Co., a notable gathering of distinguished persons. Though President Taft was prevent ed by, his absence in the Middle West from attending he was represented by Secretary Meyer, w - ho came down from Washington with his family and his Naval Aid Lieut. Commander Palmer, on the Presidential ' Yacht Mayflower. There was a liberal sprinkling or Senators and Representatives In Con gress; most of the heads of the great naval bureaus, Gov. Colquitt of Texas, with a numerous delegation from that state, Gov. Mann of Virginia with his staff and last but not least little Miss Claudia Lyon, daughter of Col. Cecil Lyon, Republican National Commit teeman from Texas, sponsor of the Texas. - n a by

Clipped from Reading Times20 May 1912, MonPage 8

Reading Times (Reading, Pennsylvania)20 May 1912, MonPage 8
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