The merchant brig Potomac was bought for the Texas Navy from Capt. L. M. Hitchcock in early 1838 for $8,000. It was the only ship in the navy until the Zavala was purchased in November. Over $10,000 was spent in equipping the Potomac for war service, but it was never fully converted to a man-of-war and remained at the Galveston Navy Yard for use as a receiving ship. The vessel was last mentioned in May 1842, when it was a leaking, rotten hulk and considered worthless.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Anonymous, “Potomac,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 21, 2020, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/potomac.
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