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A Guide to the Mexican Schooner Bravo Ship's Log, 1835
From October to December 1835, logbook keeper Juan Añorga outlined daily routines of the Mexican schooner Bravo, including confrontations with the navy of the new Republic of Texas. Añorga's "Diario" offers rare insights into naval operations of the Texas Revolution.
A hand-stitched folio, the "Diario de Navegacion" features daily charts that detail sailing direction, wind speeds, depth readings, and global positions. In addition are details about the ship's flags and encounters with Texan privateers. The logbook describes the ship's exchange of cannon shots with a fort in Brazoria on October 28-29, and a confrontation on November 5-6 with the San Felipe, the first privateer commissioned by Texas. In addition, Juan Añorga notes that prisoners were sent ashore on December 3.
The Bravo's description of shipboard routines and equipment, in addition to climate and nautical conditions on the Texas coast, provides significant primary documentation about the role of the navy in the Texas Revolution.
Cutrer, Thomas W. "San Felipe."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed Feb. 11, 2016. https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qts03.
Daniel, James M. "Texas Navy."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed Feb. 11, 2016. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qjt02.
Dienst, Alex. The Navy of the Republic of Texas, 1835-1845. Temple, Texas, 1909. Accessed Feb. 11, 2016. https://archive.org/details/navyofrepublicof00dienrich.
The logbook of the Mexican schooner Bravo consists of 84 pages dating from October 24 through December 12, 1835. The third leaf, corresponding to October 25-26, has been excised.
This collection is open for research use.
Mexican Schooner Bravo Ship's Log, 1835, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Colleen Hobbs, February 2016.