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USS Austin (I)


Sloop of War:
  • Built in 1839 as the Sloop of War Texas at Baltimore, MD., by Schott & Whitney for the Texas Navy
  • Delivered and commissioned, 5 January 1840 as Austin at Galveston, Republic of Texas, CAPT. Edwin W. Moore, TN, in command though not present
  • June 1840 through 1 February 1841 Austin operated in the vicinity of the Yucatan Peninsula during that provinces war with the Mexican central government, assisting in the capture of San Juan Bautista for the payment of $25,000
  • Placed in reduced commission at Galveston in 1841
  • Recommissioned in full in December 1841 for her second cruse in cooperation with the Yucatan federalists.
  • Captured several Mexican ships between 6 February 1842 and 3 April 1842
  • Recalled to Galveston in May 1842
  • Overhauled at New Orleans from May 1842 to 15 April 1843
  • Engaged a superior Mexican squadron, between 30 April and 16 May 1843 during the Battle Campeche with inconclusive results although badly damaged
  • Branded as a pirate by Texas President Sam Houston for his actions at Campeche, COMO. Moore was relieved of his command and dishonorably discharged from the Texas Navy
  • The Texas Navy ceased to exist from that point on until Texas was annexed by the United States
  • commissioned into the United States Navy as USS Austin 11 May 1846 and moved to Pensacola Navy Yard to serve as receiving ship
  • Final Disposition, broken up at Pensacola in 1848
    Specifications:
    Displacement 600 t.
    Length 125'
    Beam 31'
    Depth 12' 6"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 174
    Armament
    sixteen 24-pdrs
    four 18-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Austin 553k Texas Navy sloop of war Austin underway while under full sail. Tommy Trampp
    Austin 675k Scale model of the Texas Navy's sloop of war Austin. Tommy Trampp
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    USS Austin (I)
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