The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 230
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Being pilots in the coastal area, the Mercer chroniclers naturally
related many tales of schooners and the old side-wheelers that
sailed the seven seas and were piloted through the dugout (chan-
nel) into Corpus Christi, Aransas, and Copano bays. Typical of
log records of such happenings and including, on this particular
day, the tale of an ill-fated vessel, is Captain John G. Mercer's log
written on Thursday, January 7, 1875, on Mustang Island at
This day begins with the wind N.N.W. Kind of sort of cold
weather. The steamer Mary arrived from Brashear. The Mustang
pilot squad went to work on the wharf.
Schooner Morning Star left for Tuxpan, Mexico, with passengers.
Mr. Thurman was a big Indianl
Schooner Nonesuch tried to go to sea but got on her anchor and
punched a hole in her. She came in Turtle Cove and ran ashore. Will
try and fix her at low water. So ends the day. Wind N. Moderate.
The Nonesuch was an ill-fated vessel. Last mention of her in
the Mercer logs is Tuesday, March 23, 1866, when the entry says
that "captains of Nonesuch and Mary Lynch and Liberty went to
Shamrock to try and kill several deer."
A note copied from the Corpus Christi Gazette, published that
same year, said that one Captain Collins advertised he had found,
washed up on the beach at Padre Island, a mainmast with a gold
watch chain nailed to it. A charm-a seabean bound with gold-
was attached to the chain. An article in the Galveston News at a
later date said the charm and chain belonged to Captain Cross-
man of the schooner Nonesuch. This is all that is known of what
became of the Nonesuch captain and his coaster-as ships were
called which plied between Gulf Coast cities.
Fishing trips were big events in the 1870's, and from Captain
John Mercer's diary written on Wednesday, August 12, 1874, at
Aransas Pass on Mustang Island one learns:
This day begins with the wind N. very light. U. S. Buoy Tender
Steamer Dandelion came from the N.E. and put down two buoys and
struck out to sea.
Frank and Tom Brundrette went fishing. Caught seven redfish.
John layed around loose during the heat of the day. Ned arrived
from St. Joseph's. Brought three pigs. So ends the day. Wind E.S.E.
Silver kingfish of that day were called grande cois or coy
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