HMM and GCSMS present a lecture and book signing for Mark Lardas' newest book, Battleship Texas.
The Battleship Texas is the oldest dreadnought battleship still in existence and the only remaining representative of a class of warships, which dominated the war at sea during World War I. Its history as a warship is well known, but it has been a museum ship for over twice as long as it served as a commissioned warship in the United States Navy. Battleship Texas' history as a museum ship is almost never told, but is as fascinating as its wartime service. It came closer to destruction over its seven decades as a museum ship than it ever did in combat.
Mark Lardas will give a talk about the ship’s history, with an emphasis on its adventures as a museum. It will include rare photos showing the ship in all phases of its existence. He will also be selling and signing advanced copies of his new book, Battleship Texas, which will be released on September 20, 2016.