USS Texas' Reciprocating
Steam Engines

USS Texas' Reciprocating Steam Engines

Last reciprocating marine engines installed in a naval ship.

The Texas' engines were initially described as "the ultimate in naval reciprocating engine construction." The twin-screw ship was built at Newport News during a period when naval authorities were considering the suitability of the newly developed steam turbine for propulsion. Only one other US warship, the New York (one month later), was powered by reciprocating engines. The USS Texas' pair of four-cylinder, triple-expansion engines are the largest survivors of this type (see also the Olympia), They provided 14,000 horsepower to each shaft and traveled 21.05 knots at 125 revolutions per minute.


Landmark Location

San Jancinto Battleground State Park
3523 Highway 134
La Porte, TX 77571

Visiting Info:

Regular hours, daily 10-5

Plaque location, if specific: on deck near top of gangplank
Historic Naval Visitors Guide:

Ceremony Notes

December 1975