Mee too Hesper
I too have a special place for all warships with Battleships taking the very top spot. When ever we travel I will always check on ship tours to take part in. Just got back from the Lexington in Corpus last month. We visited the USS Cavala (she sunk the Shokaku) in April this year too. I will get a few pics of the Texas up when I get home.
I love touring the Texas. I can't imagine the fear bad guys must have had rush over them to know she's in the area and then spot the Texas coming at them with guns blazing. I guess from 14+ miles away, only a few folks would ever even know she was getting ready to reign down fire & steel on them. I'm sure our guys on June 6 1944 felt better seeing her steaming with the convoy.
We try to go visit her every time I am in La Porte.