Maritime History

Karankawa Indians of the Texas Coast

The Karankawa, loosely translated to ‘dog lovers’, lived along the coast of Texas long before French and Spanish explorers settled the area. It is unknown when the Karankawa first established themselves in small units of 30 – 40 people along the Texas coastline, but the first recorded encounter with the Karankawa Indians was initiated accidentally…

Maritime History

Texian Navy Day

Celebrated on the third Saturday in September, this day of recognition aims to bring light to the little-known Texas Navy. While Texas has never had a single, long-standing navy, a small fleet of ships was formed and maintained by the Republic of Texas between 1835 and 1846, after which  Texas became part of the United…

Maritime History

USS Houston: Ships Named In Honor

In collaboration with the USS Houston CA-30 Survivors Association, the Houston Maritime Museum has opened our new exhibit “USS Houston: Ships Named in Honor.” This exhibit not only tells the unique histories of the four ships that have been named USS Houston, but also the heart-wrenching saga of the brave men who fought against all…

Maritime History

105 Years Ago…

Titanic History The Titanic might be the world’s most famous ship, and has been the subject of countless books, films, and documentaries. The ocean liner reached mythical status stemming from the claims of it being ?unsinkable” but following her loss on April 15, 1912, Titanic continues to captivate minds today. Unsolved mysteries have surrounded the…