Battleship Texas set to reopen after major leak

Emergency repairs made after leak nearly sinks historic naval ship

Battleship Texas is set to reopen to the public Saturday after a serious leak had workers scrambling Monday to make repairs to the craft.

Crews were pumping about 2,000 gallons of water per minute out of the ship for more than 15 hours.

The ship manager said the ship was taking on water since Sunday afternoon and had to close to the public.

Crews found a 6 by 8 inch hole about 15 feet below the water line that was patched up at about 5:30 a.m. Monday.

VIDEO: Aerials of leaking Battleship Texas

"The ship tilted six degrees to the starboard side, the side we're on right now, which is pretty serious," ship manager Andy Smith said." People shouldn't be worried we are completely and totally dedicated to keep the ship for future generations."

Crews were checking for other leaks Monday and cleaning up.

Smith said it's not safe for visitors and the ship will be closed until further notice.

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