Hawkins Squadron Meeting, September 6: The Concrete Ship Selma


Join us Thursday evening, September 6, at Olympia Grill at Pier 21 in Galveston at 1800 for the Hawkins Squadron bimonthly meeting. Everyone is invited — members, non-members, and the public alike — but please do RSVP (see below) so we can get a good estimate of those attending.

Our speaker Thursday will be Dorothy Rowland, a Master’s Student in the Maritime Archaeology and Conservation program at Texas A&M University writing her thesis on World War I Concrete Shipwrecks in Galveston. She received her B.A. in Maritime Studies and B.S. in Marine Sciences at Texas A&M University Galveston. It was while studying in Galveston that Dorothy gained an interest in concrete ships.

SS Selma is a well known feature of Galveston with a unique story that covers almost 100 years. After being in service for less than a year, Selma ran into a jetty in Tampico, Mexico. Following this disaster, Selma was brought back to Galveston for repairs, but instead was purposely sunk. Instead of this finishing her story, it started a new era where Selma became a feature in many Galveston events.

The evening will begin with a meet-and-greet and cash bar at 1800, with dinner and a short Hawkins Squadron Business Meeting at 7. The evening will conclude with Ms. Rowland’s presentation at about 1930. Attendees can order from the regular Olympia Grill menu, and will be responsible for purchasing their own food and drinks. Those wanting to attend should RSVP to Adm. Andy Hall, (409) 771-seven-four-three-three, or by e-mail to maritimetexas-at-gmail-dot-com.

The Texas Navy Association is a private, 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to preserving and promoting the historical legacy of the naval forces of the Republic of Texas, 1835-46. The mission of the Texas Navy Association is to preserve and promote an appreciation of the historic character and heroic acts of the Texas Navy; to promote travel by visitors to historical sites and areas in which the Texas Navy operated; to conduct, in the broadest sense, a public relations campaign to create a responsible and accurate image of Texas; and to encourage Texas communities, organizations, and individuals, as well as governmental entities, to participate with actions and money, in pursuit of these objectives. Membership in the Texas Navy Association is open to all persons age 16 and over who have an interest in Texas history and want to help support the goals of the organization.

In Galveston, the Charles E. Hawkins Squadron was organized in the fall of 2016, and meets in odd-numbered months.


Selma image by Amy Borgens, 2007.