LA PORTE, Texas- Battleship Texas will reopen Sunday after being closed Friday and Saturday for repairs after the ship began taking on more water than it has in the past.

Officials say the ship at the Battleship Texas State Historic Site has always taken on water, but due to leaks in the stern of the ship – some 3 feet wide – it is taking on more water and is listing.

For the safety of our visitors, public access to the Battleship was suspended through Saturday. The site will offer free admission on Sunday, Nov. 13 in honor of Veteran’s Day

Stephanie Croatt, curator of the Battleship Texas, said Texas Parks and Wildlife has hired a marine repair company to replace old, metal patches on the openings with new, neoprene ones.

The ship has been sitting in water since 1988, which was the last time it was dry docked for repairs.

USS Texas was commissioned in 1914 and is the only surviving ship from World War I and World War II.