East Coast - 26 December 1918 to 19 July 1919

  January 1919 Modifications  

Went into the New York Navy Yard from 4 - 31 January 1919 during which

    Installed a 2nd airplane fly-off platform atop turret 4.
Removal of range finder makings of the side of the turrets
Reduced number of 5inch guns from 16 to 12.
(The removal could have happened during the 19 June to 14 July 1919 New York Nary Yard period. Photos of TEXAS in the Panama Canal, 25 July 1919 show empty gun locations for 3, 4, 5, and 6. This was the third of five gun removals from 2nd deck and the third of seven ship-wide configurations.)



  New York City: 31 January, 16 June or 14 July  
Ship appearance when it departed with the battleship fleet for the Pacific in July 1924. 

The location is New York City and the date is after the 31 January period in the New York Navy Shipyard but which of the three dates above is not known.  After leaving the ship yard and before the July departure for the Pacific, there were only three days when the ship was in this area.

Date is definitely after the January 1919 dry dock for the fly-off platform atop Turret 4 and turret training marks are gone.    Turret training marks are on the turrets when the ship enters the Panama Canal in July 1919

Can not tell from this angle if 2nd deck 5inch guns 3,4,5 and 6 are present

  10 March 1919- First airplane flight  
Coming out of the New York Navy Yard on 31 January, east coast operations was a short period until the 19 July departure from Hampton Roads, Va for the Pacific. Operations were almost entirely in the Caribbean and in the Atlantic for the first trans-Atlantic airplane flight

On 9 March BB35 arrived at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and a Sopwith Camel was brought aboard. On 10 March, with the ship stationary, Lt. Comdr. Edward O McDonnell flew the airplane off of the platform atop Turret 2. (McDonnell was previously aboard BB35 as a passenger returning from Europe in December 1918). This was the first such flight from an American battleship. The wheels of the airplane were 44 feet from the end of the platform. A second flight took place on the 11th.

  7 - 21 May - first trans-Atlantic airplane flight  

TEXAS station ship southwest of the Azores Islands for the US Navy Curtis seaplanes flying west from Portugal.

 

  25 May - 1st of 16 crossings Panama Canal  

On 19 July, TEXAS and the rest of the battleship fleet left Hampton Roads, VA, for relocation to the Pacific for the next 4.5 years.

Entering the Panama Canal on the 25th was the ship's first of 16 Panama Canal crossings.


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