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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
Displacement 600 t.
Depth 12' 6"
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||Texas Navy sloop of war Austin underway while under full sail.
||Scale model of the Texas Navy's sloop of war Austin.
USS Austin (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 16 September 2011
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