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Confederate Naval Works at Goose Creek

 
 
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By Jim Evans, March 17, 2012
1. Confederate Naval Works at Goose Creek Marker
Inscription. In 1854, brothers Thomas and John Chubb bought land in the William Scott League on the east bank of Goose Creek at the mouth of Tabbs Bay. On this site, they established the Chubb Shipyard prior to the Civil War. At the time, Texas shipbuilding was a developing industry. During the war, however, in an effort to compensate for the Union's industrial advantage, the Confederate government encouraged Texans to engage in manufacturing ventures that would aid its military effort.

The Chubb brothers responded to this call with the Confederate Naval Works at Goose Creek, which built and repaired vessels during the war. Thomas Chubb also served in the Texas Marine Department, an element of the Confederate States Army operating independently of the Confederate Navy. He obtained the rank of Captain and later became superintendent of the Confederate Naval Works.

The design and structure of ships built at the Goose Creek shipyard were integral to the Department's effectiveness in running the Union blockade. The shallow draft of the centerboard schooners made them suitable for blockade running in shallow areas of the Gulf of Mexico, where deep draft vessels could not pass. These successful ships included the Royal Yacht, Bagdad, Phoebe, Henrietta, Marguereta and Altha Brooks. An important contributor to the Texas naval and industrial
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By Jim Evans
2. Bayland Orphanage, The Bayland Guards and Confederate Naval Works at Goose Creek Markers
effort during the Civil War, the Goose Creek shipyard later built ships for the federal government and private mariners until Thomas Chubb left the business in 1869. The following year, the Thomas B. Gaillard family purchased the former shipyard and established Gaillard's Landing. Later, the site became part of the Goose Creek oil fields.
 
Erected 2007 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13964.)
 
Location. 29° 42.785′ N, 94° 59.611′ W. Marker is in Baytown, Texas, in Harris County. Marker can be reached from Wyoming Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in Bayland Park. Marker is in this post office area: Baytown TX 77520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bayland Orphanage (here, next to this marker); The Bayland Guards (here, next to this marker); Goose Creek Stream (approx. 1.8 miles away); K'Nesseth Israel Synagogue (approx. 2.1 miles away); Morgan's Point Cemetery (approx. 2.4 miles away); Homesite of William Scott (approx. 2.7 miles away); Humble Oil & Refining Company (approx. 2.9 miles away); Wade and Mamie Irvin House (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baytown.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 17, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 482 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 17, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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