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General Entry

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.

Alex Dienst, "The Navy of the Republic of Texas," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 12–13 (January-October 1909; rpt., Fort Collins, Colorado: Old Army Press, 1987). Jim Dan Hill, The Texas Navy in Forgotten Battles and Shirtsleeve Diplomacy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1937; rpt., Austin: State House, 1987).

Time Periods:

  • Republic of Texas

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,

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