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Does it have to float?

If you're going to go through the trouble of building a wall around it, you might as well fill it in with concrete

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  Yeah- doing what Japan did with Mikasa makes the most sense.  A permanent museum. 

Wasn't it the US that encouraged them to preserve it that way during the Occupation?

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Wasn't it the US that encouraged them to preserve it that way during the Occupation?

 

She was encased in concrete sure to the Washington Naval Treaty, Japan was limited on how many battleships they could have, they wanted to keep the Mikasa due to its importance, so the as a deal with the other countries they agreed they could keep her but she had to be encased in concrete and the guns de-militarized (welding turret rings, filling barrels with concrete, ECT)

 

Funny history note though, she was restored to get current state in the 50s-60s thanks to the US Navy during their occupation, she was striped during WWII for supplies for the war effort, Us sailors took a liking to her and started the restoration efforts

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Back to the OP, yes this is what needs to be done, the current 4 plans they have for her are expensive jokes, what they need to do is put a coffer dam around her, drain the water and dig under her in sections while filling those sections with concrete, rinse and repeat till the job is done

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They would first need to stabelise the hull so that the weight of concret on the hull does not crush the hull.    

 

Yes she she is in bad shape           

 

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Great ship to visit even if she's in a crappy part of town. Hopefully they'll figure out a way to keep her preserved.

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They would first need to stabelise the hull so that the weight of concret on the hull does not crush the hull.    

 

Yes she she is in bad shape           

 

Ideally (and unlike with the Mikasa) they can find a way to do this without filling the interior of her hull up to the waterline with concrete, thus rendering the lower portions permanently inaccessible.

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Permanent dry docking would be about the only way to prevent continued corrosion into loss.

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Ideally (and unlike with the Mikasa) they can find a way to do this without filling the interior of her hull up to the waterline with concrete, thus rendering the lower portions permanently inaccessible.

 

The main problem with cementing it in is that the location is  basically a Artificially stabilised mud flat with ship channels cut into it, literally think about the problems New Orleans has.. the Dry birth option was the simpler option because the bowl would basically sit on top of the mud, and not sink into the mud with a more concentrated block of Concrete that your option would be, never mind reinforcing the Hull to keep it from being crushed under the weight of the concrete.

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Ideally (and unlike with the Mikasa) they can find a way to do this without filling the interior of her hull up to the waterline with concrete, thus rendering the lower portions permanently inaccessible.

 

Never going to happen.  First off the steam engines in the Texas are a national historical landmark because they are the last and largest of their kind that still exist so there is no way they will pump concrete into and around the Texas.

 

The original plan which is still the plan they are slowly working on stabilizing the Texas so it can be done, is to take and build a wall and place her in a dry berth on top of the ground being supported by keel blocks and her mooring pylons.  Theres a few different ideas on what design but hopefully they do the large bowl design I believe it is more appealing than the dry dock look with walls almost right up against the hull which results in you not even being able to see her as a whole from a distance.

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