Texas (CGN 39) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1991

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Proud Heritage... The first ship named TEXAS was a sloop of war commissioned in the Texas Navy on January 5, 1840. The TEXAS was 125 feet long and weighed 600 tons, consisting mainly of heavy oak frames and copper sheathing. She had eighteen 24-pound columbiad guns with 25 rounds of solid ammunition and 13 of canister and 12 of grape, with powder for 25 rounds per gun. Her compliment was to be 24 officers and 147 men, but she was never fully manned. The TEXAS was allowed 30 muskets, 10 pistols, and 30 cutlasses. She was to carry 8,000 gallons of water, a 26-foot launch, and four smaller boats. On April 20, 1840, President Lamar changed the name of the TEXAS to AUSTIN, and on May 11, 1846, she was transferred to the U.S. Navy. In 1848 she ran aground and broke apart. The second ship named TEXAS was originally a Confederate twinscrew ironclad ram. She was seized by Union forces in 1865 and taken to the Norfolk Navy Yard where she was sold in 1867. The third TEXAS was the U.S. Navy's first battleship. She was launched in 1889 at the Norfolk Navy Yard, under the sponsorship of Miss Madge Houston Williams, granddaughter of Sam Houston. She cruised to Galveston in 1898 to be visited by the citizens of Texas. The night she arrived there, the battleship MAINE blew up in Havana Harbor in an appalling catastrophe which precipitated the Spanish-American 1 2 X l I l I 1 l l l 1 3 w s l l l A

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