Aug. 25 last date to visit Battleship Texas before repairs

Battleship Texas, which served both World War I and World War II, will be closing for visitors later this month on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Houston. The Battleship Texas Foundation will be taking over the operations and repairs of the 106-year-old sThe Associated Press
Battleship Texas, which served both World War I and World War II, will be closing for visitors later this month on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Houston. The Battleship Texas Foundation will be taking over the operations and repairs of the 106-year-old ship. The nonprofit organization will be moving the ship for repairs and will find it a longtime home. (Godofredo A Vásquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Officials say Aug. 25 is the last date for public visits to the Battleship Texas near Houston before the 107-year-old vessel undergoes repairs.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department says staff and contractors, starting Aug. 26, need full access to the ship at La Porte (luh-PORT') to prepare for $35 million in renovations.

The agency in June announced a pared-back summer schedule for visitors at the Battleship Texas State Historic Site so personnel could begin cataloging thousands of artifacts. The historic items will be put into storage before the Battleship Texas goes into dry dock to fix the leaking hull.

The Battleship Texas Foundation in May announced the ship would get a new home following repairs. No site was announced.