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Maritime History

Texian Navy Day

Celebrated on the third Saturday in September, this day of recognition aims to bring light to the little-known Texas Navy. While Texas has never had a single, long-standing navy, a small fleet of ships was formed and maintained by the Republic of Texas between 1835 and 1846, after which  Texas became part of the United…

Collection Spotlight

The Royal Caroline

Back in the day, royalty liked to travel in style, and what could be a better means of transport than a handsomely fitted out yacht. The history of royalyachts in Great Britain began with the 1716 conversion of a small 190 ton frigate, Peregrine Galley, into a well appointed yacht, Carolina, named for the Princess…

Collection Spotlight

The Elissa

The Elissa was launched in 1877 from Aberdeen, Scotland when sailing ships were in decline but could still earn a profit in the right trades. As a three-masted, iron-hulled barque, she carries square sails on her fore andmain masts, but only fore- and aft- sails, those parallel to the keel, on her mizzen masts. Her…

Collection Spotlight

Napoleonic Prisoner of War

During my 10 year affiliation with the museum, I have seen its collection grow in size and quality. Important areas that were not represented ten years ago are in featured exhibits today. Members of the Gulf Coast Ship Modelers Society create and contribute outstanding models to fill collection voids. The workmanship and quality standards of…