There aren’t any known photographic images of Texas Navy vessels, but this one comes close. This is a c. 1853 Daguerreotype of the U.S. 18-gun Sloop of War Decatur of 1838, designed by Francis Grice, who also designed the flagship of the Second Texas Navy, the Sloop-of-War Austin, that was built about the same time. The ships’ measurements were slightly different, but in general appearance they would have been very much alike. Original image in the collection of the George Eastman Museum, via The Daguerreian Society.
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Andy: These posting are wonderful…They tell the backside of the Texas Navy. Who gets these postings?
They appear here on the Squadron blog (where probably not too many read them), to the squadron FB page, Admiralty of the Texas Navy FB page, and the main TNA FB page. Also to Texas Maritime History page on FB.
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