The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 11
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The Navy of the Republic of Texas.
were in fact delivered, one in January, and the other in April,
1840. The following account appeared in a current newspaper:'
Texian Navy.-The following list of vessels constitute the pres-
ent naval force of Texas. As there are a number of officers of
that service who were officers of our navy, these details may be
interesting to many of the readers of the Chronicle.
Steamer Zavalla-An efficient and well appointed vessel.
Sloop Trinity-600 tons, carries 20 24 pounders, medium guns.
Brigs Colorado 400 tons, carries each 16 18 pounder
Brigs Galveston medium guns.
Schooners San Bernard 170 tons, each carrying 7 12 pound-
San Antone ers, and 1 long eighteen, on a pivot.
Brig Potomac-Receiving vessel.
These vessels, with the exception of the steamer and receiving
vessel, were built, equipped, and provisioned under the immediate
superintendence of John G. Tod, Esq., Texan Naval Agent of the
United States, a gentleman well and favorably known in this coun-
try, having at an early period in his life held an honorable place in
The secretary of the navy in his report2 of 1840 said:
Mr. Dawson has delivered the brig and the sloop-of-war
then due; and everything else appertaining to this contract has been
complied with in the most generous and liberal manner. The
brig and sloop-of-war, like all the other vessels, have been con-
structed on a much more commodious scale than the contract re-
quired, and have been furnished in a more suitable manner than
that for which the contractors were obligated. The brig, which
was the last vessel received on the contract, was delivered at Gal-
veston with the naval equipments belonging to her, and the other
vessels, on the 25th April, 1840,3-the ship on the 5th January
This officer' is entitled to great credit for the management and
system shown in his operations. His attention to the complicated
duties entrusted to him in the United States, as well as his con-
duct in direct connection with this Department, has always been
faithful and laborious, and meets my cordial approbation.
1An unidentified newspaper clipping, containing matter copied from an
issue of the Army and Navy Chronicle of date not indicated.
2In House Journal, 5th Tex. Cong., 1st Sess., Appendix, 185-196.
sThese two vessels were the Austin and the Wharton. The latter had
formerly been the Dolphin.
'Captain John G. Tod.
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