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  • Built in 1839 as the brig Colorado for the Republic of Texas at Baltimore, MD., by Schott & Whitney
  • Launched in 1839
  • Renamed Wharton, date unknown
  • Commissioned, 18 October 1839
  • From her commissioning until January 1842 Wharton remained in Galveston awaiting provisions and repairs
  • Wharton sailed from Galveston in January, joining COMO. Moore's squadron off the Yucatan port of Sisal, 18 April 1842
  • Wharton informed Moore that the Republic of Texas had declared a blockade of the Mexican coast
  • Wharton remained in Mexican waters to help enforce it until May 1842
  • In May she sailed to New Orleans for repair
  • Wharton received a complete overhaul and recruited a new crew while at New Orleans
  • Departing New Orleans, 19 April 1843, with Austin she headed for the Yucatan coast
  • Wharton and Austin engaged the Mexican steam frigate Montezuma off Campeche, 30 April
  • Wharton and Austin succeeded in temporarily driving the Mexican fleet from Yucatan waters
  • During the first Battle of CampecheWharton was struck by a sixty-eight-pound shot; two men were killed and four were wounded when one of her own guns exploded during the two days of fighting
  • A second engagement with the Mexican fleet, 16 May 1843, resulted in a clear Texan victory
  • The two Texas brigs left Mexican waters on June 25 and arrived at Galveston on July 14, 1843, effectively bringing to an end the active service of the Texas navy, as the ships would never leave port again
  • Taken over by the United States Navy along with the rest of the Texas Navy, 11 May 1846
  • Wharton was never placed in commission by the United States Navy
  • Sold, 30 November 1846, to the city of Galveston for $55, 30 November 1846
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 405 t.
    Length 112'
    Beam 29'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 11'
    Speed unknown
    Officers 17
    Enlisted 123 sailors and marines
    fifteen 18-pdr medium guns
    one 9-pdr long gun
    Propulsion sail

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    Trenton 61k Republic of Texas currency depicting the brig Wharton of the Second Texas Navy. Robert Hurst

    The history for Wharton is from Wikipedia -"Texas brig Wharton"
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Edwin Ward Moore (USN 1825-1839)November 1839 - February 1840
    02CDR. George W. WheelwrightFebruary 1840 January 1842
    03LT. John T.K. LothropFebruary 1842 July 1843
    Courtesy Robert Hurst

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