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George W. Hockley, Report on the condition of the Texas Navy, January 1842[Jan 12, 1842.]

  Memorandum of the present condition of
the Navy of Texas

              The Ship of War Austin mounting 18
Medium 24 & 2 Medium 18 pdrs [pounders]—with our
two Schooners Mounting 4 Medium 12 & 1 long
12 pdrs pivot gun are now on a cruise under
orders from the late Secretary of the Navy.
[T]hey are to cruise for four months and the Govern-
ment are to furnish Eight thousand Dollars per
month for their services. [T]he amount paid or
advanced by Col Perara on the part of that
Government is not precisely known—say Eight
thousand Dollars or thereabouts—these vessels
are there on service

              From observations and a partial
examination while at Galveston and such
information as could be procured—I am led to
believe that the remaining vessels are in a deplor-
able state[.] [T]he foretop mast of the Austin
was examined and condemned during the last
Summer[.] [S]he has subsequently been furnished
with a new one. [T]he masts of the Schooner
San Bernard was also very defective at the time
that she was employed on the survey of the
Coast—while at the Sabine—that also has been

replaced

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Report of George W. Hockley, Secretary of War and Navy, January 12, 1842. Texas Navy Papers, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, 401-1312. 
 

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