The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 23
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The Navy of the Republic of Texas.
he was transferred from the San Bernard on the 28th June, in
order that he might be more comfortable. The San Jacinto also
lost one man, who had been sick some time and was very old.
The Zavala has fully realized my expectations as a sea steamer.
She left New-Orleans not quite two-thirds filled with coal, having
about 1700 barrels on board; and she can carry 2700 barrels. The
coal was of the most inferior kind, the blacksmith on board this
vessel not being able to get a welding heat on iron with some of it
we got from here. Filled with good Pittsburgh coal, a good head
of steam can be kept up on her for thirty-five days; and, in the
event of active operations on this coast, it will be necessary for
her to have two thousand barrels of good Pittsburgh coal as soon
as it can reach here, say about the 25th Sept., or 1st Oct., at
which time she may be found at the Arcos Islands, the latitude of
which is 200 12' N., and the latitude1 910 57' W. She adds
greatly to the efficiency of our force, particularly on the coast of
IMexico, where there is for so great a portion of the time very
little wind, unless it is blowing a gale, which seldom lasts long.
I am, very respectfully, Your obedient servent,
[Signed] E. W. MOORE,
To the Hon. Louis P. Cooke,
Secretary of the Navy, Austin, Texas.
The following excerpts are taken from the diary of one of the
midshipmen, and tell many events not mentioned by Commodore
Moore in his despatch." At the beginning of September Com-
modore Moore was at the mouth of the Rio del Norte.
September 19, 1840: . . . stood in chase of strange ship
who hoisted Spanish colors, bearing two points on our lee bow.
At 5:30 strange ship tacked and stood for us. Beat to quarters
and spoke her. She proved the Spanish corvette Gueriro,3 mount-
ing 22 ,guns.
October 4, 1840: From 4 to 6, gales with passing clouds. At 5
made a vessel with a signal of distress, lying on the reef at 'the
north end of the island (Labos4). Sent life boat on shore to in-
quire if any of the inhabitants could pilot a boat out to her. At
6 the boat returned, unable to obtain any information or assistance.
2Diary of midshipman James L. Mabry, in Galveston News, January 16
and 23, and February 13, 1893.
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