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Brutus and Invincible are forced aground near Galveston by
Mexican man-of-war, robbing the Texas Navy of its last battleworthy
Frederick Dawson of Baltimore contracts to build six vessels
for the Texas Navy, as officials recognizing the need for seapower
move to rebuild the Lone Star fleet. Ships San Jacinto,
San Antonio, San Bernard, Louisville, Wharton, Austin, and
Archer are delivered one by one between March 1839 and
The Texas Squadron, commanded by Commodore Moore, sails
for Mexican waters to "show the flag" in support of vain diplomatic
efforts to secure peace. During the lengthy cruise San
Jacinto is stranded at Arcas Island, but three other ships capture
the city of San Juan Bautista, seventy miles up the Tobasco
San Antonio surveys the Texas coast, providing charts of the
area for the first time.
Texas and the dissident Mexican province of Yucatan conclude
a naval agreement which provides the Lone Star Republic with
an ally and divides Mexican war effort.
In a lengthy cruise spurred by Commodore Moore's resolute
determination to launch an offensive against Mexico, the Texas
squadron captures four ships and causes consternation among
Mexican shipping interests.
San Bernard and San Antonio are lost at sea in a gale.
Impressed by Texas' achievements with limited power at sea,
the Mexicans rebuild their fleet.
Austin and Wharton relieve the siege of Campeche, Yucatan,
after vigorously engaging a superior Mexican squadron. This
bold action encourages Yucatan to continue her struggle against
The Battle of Campeche concludes with both sides battered,
but only Commodore Moore's two ships are willing to renew
action. Within two weeks, Moore is recalled to Texas and his
cruise is declared illegal by President Houston.
Austin and Wharton return to Galveston; the conflict continues
as United States sailors and soldiers keep a watchful eye on
Texas is formally admitted into the Union.
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U.S. Navy Department. Naval History Division. Texas Navy, book, January 1, 1968; Washington D.C.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2419/m1/30/: accessed January 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .