Confederate Naval Works at Goose Creek

Confederate Naval Works at Goose Creek (HM1096)

Location: Baytown, TX 77520 Harris County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 42.785', W 94° 59.611'

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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 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.
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HM NumberHM1096
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceMilitary Installation
Marker TypeHistoric Building
Marker ClassWar Memorial
Marker StyleFree Standing
Marker Number13964
Year Placed2007
Placed ByHarris County Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 11:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
Location DescriptionLocated in Bayland Park, Baytown, Texas
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 307159 N 3288656
Decimal Degrees29.71308333, -94.99351667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 42.785', W 94° 59.611'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 42' 47.1000" N, 94° 59' 36.6600" W
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Area Code(s)830, 281, 832
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 949 Goose Creek Trail, Baytown TX 77520, US
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