Vol 8, No 239
August 27, 1837
Texas Navy Runs Mexican Blocade at Galveston
Grounded by Storm
On this date in 1837, a two month voyage by the Texas Navy ships Brutus and Invincible, which included the capture of half a dozen Mexican ships along the Mexican coast, reached the Port of Galveston, which was then, blocaded by the Mexican Navy.
The Mexican ships Iturbide and Libertador spotted the Texas Brutus as she entered the harbor. The Invincible was anchored, waiting for high tide to make her own entrance into the harbor.
Outgunned, the Invincible pulled up anchor, and was soon run aground. The Brutus coming to the aide of the Invincible soon found itself run aground. It wasn't long before a major storm hit Galveston, breaking apart both ships with it's heavy winds and surging seas.
Nonetheless, the Mexican ships left the area for a number of weeks, which left a window of opportunity for ships from New Orleans and other ports, to bring much needed supplies and men into Galveston. This surge in strength restored confidence in Texans struggling to defend their new nation from a resurging Mexican military.
By the end of the year, there was virtually no Texas Navy left. But due to security issues in Mexico, along with a brief war with France call the "Pastry War", Mexico itself was unable to sustain it's own navy, and soon France had captured or destroyed all Mexican military vessels along the Mexican Gulf Coast. This finally freed Texas of any further threat from the Mexican Navy.
Spacecraft Center in Houston renamed for LBJ
Seven months after President Johnson's death, the Manned Space Craft Center in Houston is renamed the Lyndon B Johnson Space Craft Center. Johnson was a big advocate for space flight, and was President when Neal Armstrong first set foot on the moon in July 1969.