The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 25
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The Navy of the Republio of Texas.
December 15, 1840: At 11,30 boarded and took in tow the
Mexican schooner Florentine. . . . At 2,30 boarded the Mexi-
can schooner Elizabeth and brought her to under our stern.
December 16, 1840: At 8.30 got under way and cast off the two
schooners, giving them permission to proceed up the river. At
5.30 came to anchor off the town of Frenterrea."
December 17, 1840: During the night, James Duffries, ordi-
nary seaman, died of fever. .
December 22, 1840: at 3 p. m. Samuel Edgerton, commodore's
steward, died of yellow fever. . .
December 25, 1840: Sent for Dr. Clarke of the San Bernard
to visit the sick.
In copying the log of the Austin, Midshipman Mabry had no
occasion to describe the terrible experience of the Zavala in the
storm of September 23. The following, from the Tennison Papers,2
in brief language gives a vivid idea of the perils of the sailor:
23d September, . . . we went to Arcos where we expected
to meet the Commodo[re] and obtain a supply of provisions from
him--but unfortunately he was not there, and after waiting a
week on half allowance we went to Laguna de Terminas to obtain
provision. We got enough provisions there by giving draft on the
Consul in New Orleans (fund being all gone) and we came here
to get fuel enough to carry us to Galveston. We arrived off the
bar of this river too late on the night of the 3d October to com
in, and towards Morning we had a sever gale, and sea from North
east, a little the worst many of us had even seen-how the old
Zavala stood it bravely, and after losing our rudder, best anchor
and cable, the main mast throwing the guns and about 400 eigh-
teen pound shot, and all our grape and cannister overboard, cut-
ting the salloon, ward room, steerage and berth deck for fuel, we
came in here all well and hearty on the 7th October. The Hull of
the Vessel and engines being not at all hurt.
The last notice of the San Antonio that has been found, respect-
ing this cruise, is a line in the Tennison Papers: "The San An-
tonio arrived in port Dec. 9, 1840, with the remsn of Mr. Treat,
agent from Texas to Mexico."5
2Tennison's Journals, folio 350, p. 1. For a more detailed description
of the Zavala in the storm, see THE QUARTERLY, VI, 123.
5Tennison's Journal, folio 352, p. 3.
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