The USS Texas was commissioned in 1898 and was designed without top turret guns similar to old ships of the line. This is for the old closeup sweeping broadsides. This design became quickly obsolete and the ship was sunk for target practice in 1912. It was designated as a "second class" battleship due to its smaller size.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.