Summer LogLine

La SalleAHOY!!! Members, patrons, and visitors. Welcome to the Texas Maritime Museum where camps, special programs, and unique events abound during the summer months, kicked off on the Memorial Day Weekend with the 17th Annual Rockport Festival of Wine and Food.

We hope you enjoy the new e-LogLine where you can find everything that is in the print version of the LogLine on the go!


Patron Party & Wine Festival

Reds, Whites, and Navy Blue:  we celebrated the U. S. Navy in south Texas with officers in uniform and special photos of the different military branches of women and men we are so proud of in Aransas county. We are indebted to the Patron Party committee and the Wine Festival committee for the successful outcomes of the entire weekend.





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ceo1The Patron party kicked off the weekend with military fan fare as Glynn Garcia’s 20 piece orchestra took center stage with a full horn, string and rhythm sections.  All of the military branches were honored with their songs being played as an official color guard from the Navy presented the flags to an audience of 400.

Big board items were a big hit and a special LIVE AUCTION WAS PRESENTED after a decade of absence.  An adventure to the Gallapagos Islands, named after the giant tortoises six hundred miles off of the coast of Ecuador surrounded by open ocean, a volcanic archipelago and straddling the equator, was won by Paula Dean. The item was donated by Kathy Snyder and her colleague, Natural Habitat Adventures in Dallas.  The 2nd item, an original Jimmy Lile Hunting Knife and book, was purchased by Shawn Johnston, the donor John Henry Hill. The 3rd item auctioned off by Grant Douglass, auctioneer for the evening, was a donation from Victoria’s Fine Jewelry of handmade sterling silver set from Florence, Italy.  The item was purchased by Richard Schacht.

The incomes from the Big Board/Silent/Live Auctions assist the operating funds of the Museum.  We appreciate Black Tie Affairs from San Antonio for catering the elegant seated dinner and Republic National Distributing Company from Corpus Christi providing the complimentary wine.

ceo2The outstanding committee members for the Patron Party, Chaired by Kathy Staley Snyder, are to be commended for their stellar work and dedication to the event.  The following individuals provided a beautiful and memorable evening for all patrons: Co-Chair Nancy Melcher, Underwriter Co-Chairs, Evelyn and Munson Smith and Judy Staley. Decorations; Betsy & Stan Armstrong, Troy Cady, Mike and Paula Mahoney, Linda Malinovsky, and Nikki Wess. Auction Chairs; Melanie Head, Judy Island, and Shawn Johnston. Reservations; Sally Reynolds. Publicity Advisor; Leta Laymon. Graphic Design; Phil Barnes. Auction Program; Peggy Mayo. Registration; Katelin Koon and Adri Molina. Tent Management; Linda Malinovsky, Steve Sampson, and Johnie Whisman. Raffle Sponsor; TWFG Insurance Services and CEO, Kathy Roberts-Douglass.

The Wine Festival Chairpersons were Pat Lizcano and Rick McKinney supported by the Board of Trustees and over 300 volunteers for the 17th Annual Rockport Festival of Wine and Food on May 25th-26th.  The two day event had attendance from 15 different states with 2,000 plus individuals coming from as far away as Alaska. The cities of Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and the Corpus Christi area had a large attendance, as well.  Republic National Distributing Company provided over 100 varieties of reds and white wines from six different countries and four different states.  The wine was sold by the taste, the glass, or the bottle.

tastingA Grand Tasting by wine connoisseurs was held in April at the Key Allegro Yacht Club for the actual selection of the best wines available to serve and sell.  We appreciate Mr. Brett Bohn for the utilization of the club and judges:  Grant Douglass, Ron Barroso, Rockport Mayor C.J. Wax, Brett Bohn, Keith Hamilton, Justin Hamilton and Matthew Kleinhenz, Manager for Republic National Distributing Company.

RFW30 Featured beers from Andrews Distributing and L&F from Corpus Christi provided an alternative beverage for attendees.  Food Offerings from Blackbeard’s Too, Fai Foo Café, Sushi Luck, Michaelang Artisan Chocolates, Taste of New Orleans, Corina’s Tacos, and Gourmet Pasta Salad rounded the opportunity to pair food with wine.  Entertainment was provided by the Scott Taylor Band from Victoria, Another Level from Corpus Christi, Cord Carpenter from Austin, and the Level One Band from Houston.

A special treat this year was the presentation of Michael Angnardo with Michaelang Artisan Chocolates from Austin demonstrating the step by step procedure of how their chocolates are produced including airbrushing techniques.  The audience was treated to beautiful samples of the delicate chocolate ganaches.

The Museum is grateful for the Event Sponsors, The Fleet Admiral Underwriters, and the Merlot and Chardonnay Sponsors.  Mark your calendars for the 18th Annual Rockport Festival of Wine & Food May 24th-25th 2014. We will be celebrating the 25th Year Silver Anniversary of the Museum.

LaSalle's Ghost-A Novel by Miles Arceneaux

The dominant image of the LOGLINE unveils the latest novel by Miles Arceneaux. It is the distinct pleasure of the Museum to present and host the official pre-release of the new Miles Arceneaux novel, “La Salle’s Ghost” on Thursday, August 29th at 5:30 p.m. in the Museum.  The authors will be present for a book signing and panel discussion.  Books may be purchased in advance in the Museum gift shop, ON SALE NOW.  Light appetizers and wine and beer will be served.  PLEASE RSVP TO 729-1271.

This storytelling alter ego of Texas based writers, Brent Douglass, John T. Davis and James R. Dennis also wrote, “Thin Slice of Life” which is set on the salty Gulf Coast of Texas. Please join us for a fun evening of intrigue with Miles Arceneaux.  Go to the “Happening At the Museum” page to find out more information about the event.

Celebrating 25 Years of Texas Maritime History

On July 1, 2014, the Texas Maritime Museum will officially have been in existence for 25 years! The kick-off celebration will begin on Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Rockport Country Club during the 18th Annual La Belle Ball.  We will be honoring famous historians/archeologists and key players of the of the La Belle’s discovery in Matagorda Bay in 1995.  Please mark your calendars for the prestigious black-tie event.

The Museum will continue the celebration throughout 2014 with special events, programming, and a day of recognition on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.  We wish each member, patron, past, present and future board members to assist in our planning to insure the recognition of each person, business, and key stakeholder, and to give everyone an opportunity to remember the last 25 years.  Any suggestions you might have are welcomed.  Please contact me at 361-729-1271 to discuss!

 Welcome Aboard, New Board Members
From L to R (Front): Kathy Roberts-Douglass CEO, Robin Rice Secretary, Tarah Burns-MacFadden, Rose Williams. From L to R (Back): Dudley McDaniel, Bruce Sherman Vice-President, Rick McKinney Treasurer, Keith Hamilton President, Garry Cate, Sally Reynolds, Gayle Rogers, Tiffanie Hoover, and Hugh Jamieson.

The new Texas Maritime Museum Board of Trustees for 2013-2014 began their work as the governing body of the Museum July 1, 2013. We look forward to their assistance and guidance during this year culminating in the 25th Anniversary Celebration on July 1, 2014! From L to R (Front): Kathy Roberts-Douglass CEO, Robin Rice Secretary, Tarah Burns-MacFadden, Rose Williams. From L to R (Back): Dudley McDaniel, Bruce Sherman Vice-President, Rick McKinney Treasurer, Keith Hamilton President, Garry Cate, Sally Reynolds, Gayle Rogers, Tiffanie Hoover, and Hugh Jamieson.

We welcome new board members: Garry Cate, CPA, Gayle Rogers and Rose Williams to the crew effective July 1, 2013. We appreciate your commitment and service to the Museum. If you sea one of our board members, please thank them for their willingness to govern the Museum. As an accredited Museum through the American Alliance of Museums, it is essential to have a cohesive working board which understands the principles of “best practice standards.”


Thank you to Tammy Wise Noling for providing the Museum the opportunity over the last two years to be a part of the BASTANTE TOURNAMENT.  We appreciate the recognition of the Museum and the spirit in which it was given.  The Texas Maritime Museum will always support the John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament and the mission to honor the great angler, John Uhr, Jr.  It was an honor to award “Little John” the Perry R. Bass Memorial Sports Fishing Wall of Fame in 2009.  His impact on the sport fishing industry will live forever.

We encourage our visitors to view the wall in the Robert J. Hewitt and O’Connor & Hewitt Foundation Building. 


17th Annual Patron Party and Rockport Festival of Wine & Food


Memorial Day Weekend, May 23rd & 25th-26th, the grounds of the Texas Maritime Museum were once again covered with tents for the 17th annual Rockport Festival of Wine & Food.  This year’s theme “Reds, Whites, & Navy Blue” was a fitting tribute to our fallen soldiers whom we honor with Memorial Day.

Events kicked off on Thursday night with the Patron Party.  The Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Medical Clinic Color Guard helped everyone to get into the spirit while presenting the colors. Glynn Garcia led an acapella rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” which brought everyone to their feet, and tears to a few eyes.  The rest of the evening was a hit with wonderful food by Black Tie Catering, music by the Glynn Garcia Orchestra, and Silent, Big Board, and Live Auctions.  Thank  you Kathy Staley – Snyder and your wonderful committee for coordinating a fantastic evening!

Saturday and Sunday were a great time to sample a wide variety of wines from around the world, and a fine selection of premium beers.  If wine was not your thing then we offered ample shopping opportunities, informative seminars, music, and a wide variety of entrees and desserts.

Mark your calendars for May 24th-25th, 2014 for the 18th Annual Rockport Festival of Wine & Food! (Especially those from San Antonio who were unable to attend because of the mass flooding the weekend of this years event).  We’ll be here, and hope you will, too!  It should be a VERY special celebration as we approach our 25th Anniversary!








Ed Corner

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series 2013
A common picture on Mondays at noon, January to March, was a crowd waiting outside the front of the Texas Maritime Museum. The 2013 Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series kicked off in January with a presentation on saltwater fly fishing by top fishing guide Chuck Naiser and proceeded to include 10 additional expert speakers. Topics for 2013 included offshore oil rig engineering, tips on capturing wildlife in photos, the history of Farley boats, the construction of a personal lighthouse and more. 937 people attended another year of educational and interesting lectures sponsored by Mrs. Nancy Melcher, Mr. & Mrs. V.W. Brinkerhoff, III and Ron Hoover RV & Marine. We appreciate all of our amazing presenters, our wonderful sponsors and everyone who continues to support and attend our programs. The 2014 series will begin on Monday, January 6th at noon.
Seafaring Saga Movie Nights
90 movie goers enjoyed being Shipwrecked and Stranded once a month during our Seafaring Saga Movie Night Series in 2013. Movies included Affairs of Cappy Ricks, Wake of the Red Witch, Swiss Family Robinson, Lifeboat and Most Dangerous Game. Thank you for coming out! Join us next fall for the 2014 series beginning the 2nd Thursday of January at 7:00 PM.
Cruise Away! Sailor’s Holiday Spring Break Camp 2013
Campers experienced all the activities and fun of a cruising vacation along with learning how cruising traditions came about, how current cruise ships came to be and all of the goofy ways people entertained themselves on long voyages.

Take me away! The traditional posed picture before  a fun cruise vacation begins.

Take me away! The traditional posed picture before a fun cruise vacation begins.

Our 5 campers ‘visited’ all of the most popular cruise destinations, finding out about different places and traditions as well as learning how modern cruise ships operate and are engineered. Mark your calendars now for Sailor’s Holiday 2014, March 10-14th, and spend a fun filled week of camp at the Texas Maritime Museum!

Summer Experience in Aransas (S.E.A.) Camp 2013
163 campers fished, kayaked, learned about estuarine wildlife, architecture and life aboard a sailing ship along, with many other interesting educational activities. S.E.A. campers experienced all of the best of Aransas County through our partner organizations: Bay Education Center, Texas Parks and Wildlife Coastal Fisheries, Fulton Mansion and Goose Island State Park. A special thank you to the Margaret Sue Rust Foundation for helping Aransas County residents enjoy a free and fun week of camp for the past 15 years.

Bay Education Center

Fulton Mansion

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To ‘sea’ the rest of our SEA Camp pictures go to our Facebook page!

H2Odyssey Camp 2013
A week of water wonderment is what campers are guaranteed when signing up for H2Odyssey Camp at the Texas Maritime Museum. The 5 days were spent learning and experimenting with how water can create works of art, how it can be moved or blocked, how it reacts and combines with other substances and generally how much fun this abundant element can be. Each different themed day of activities ended with a variety of water games from sponge races to water balloons. Fridays were purely recreational with time at the Rockport Aquatic Center.

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To ‘sea’ more of our H20dyssey Camp pictures go to our Facebook page!

Upcoming Education Events

Pirate Pete’s Birthday Bash

Lock the doors and board up the windows, thar be pirates coming! Join us in celebration of international talk like a pirate day with Pirate Pete’s Annual Birthday Bash! We need all hands on deck for this fictional birthday party and education department fundraiser. Participants will deck themselves out in pirate gear, practice their swashbuckling and sword wielding, aim and fire a ‘cannon’ and many more games and activities! Join the revelry on Saturday, September 21st, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM at the Museum. Admission with password: $10, Regular Admission: $15.

Halloween on the Harbor

Halloween on the Harbor is going traditional this year with a flood of ghosts, ghouls, vampires and werewolves to the Texas Maritime Museum grounds. Join us on Saturday, October 26th between 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM for your fill of safe and free spooktacular fun! Candy, games, bouncy house, costume contest, maze, haunted forest and much more! Candy donations will be welcome and appreciated beginning October 1st to the Texas Maritime Museum Administration Office.

Nature Challenge

Families looking for activities outdoors across the lone star state can sign up for this year’s annual Nature Challenge. The Texas Maritime Museum challenges visitors to learn more about the Gulf Intracoastal Water Way and the way people have taken this natural waterway and expanded it into a vital commercial and recreational artery across half of the southern United States. Challenges went online on August 10, 2014 and will continue until closing ceremonies November 2nd. For more information visit the Nature Challenge website,



LaTortuga Refurbishment

Scow2Several things have begun, and will happen curatorially at the Texas Maritime Museum.  First, the outstanding work of two of our Board Members, Hugh Jamieson and Bruce Sherman.  LaTortuga, the Texas Scow Sloop on the grounds of the Museum had several noticeable areas of rot due to the fact of being a wooden boat on dry land on the Texas Coast.Hugh and Bruce began probing the worst areas and formulated a plan to remove these areas and replace the wood with either cypress or treated lumber.  This phase is nearly finished, and then we will begin preparing the surface for a new coat of paint.

During Wine Fest, the front “dog house” which formerly rested at the aft end of the sloop on a platform, was removed to the Maritime Collections & Education Center.  It will be refurbished, and placed in it’s original position on the fore deck area.


Scow1Scow3Please make time to come by and see this folk artifact which was constructed on the grounds of the Texas Maritime Museum nearly 25 years ago!

From the Banks of the Sabine to the Rio Grande: A U.S. Naval Presence since 1845

In July 1845, future President Zachary Taylor placed an American flag into the sandy soil of St. Joseph’s (San Jose) Island.  This was the first time an American Flag was placed on Texas soil.  Strife between Mexico and the United States had been stirred up during the Annexation of Texas over the official boundaries.  Taylor was sent to train, and prepare for an invasion into Mexico if necessary.  This would evolve into the Mexican-American War.

General Winfield Scott would lead troops on one of the first amphibious landings at Veracruz, Mexico after boarding near Brownsville, Texas.  This would be the beginning of a U.S. Naval presence in Texas which lasts to this day.

Thursday, October 17th will be the unveiling of our latest temporary exhibit which will focus on this history through the Civil War, both World Wars, and into the current training of Naval Aviators.  Stay tuned for more information!

LaBelle Artifact Transfer

The Texas Historical Commission, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, and the Conservation Research Laboratory are nearing completion of the preservation of the LaBelle hull remains.  Once complete, it will be taken apart, shuttled to Austin, and be reconstructed over a six month period.

The nocturnal was removed in early August to be photographed for the traveling exhibit catalog. It will be returned in September, until Spring 2014 when it will be part of the traveling exhibit.

The nocturnal was removed in early August to be photographed for the traveling exhibit catalog. It will be returned in September, until Spring 2014 when it will be part of the traveling exhibit.

The Bullock team is completing the design work on a multi-million dollar exhibit to showcase this important piece of Texas’ history and to bring focus to the museums of the LaSalle Odyssey.  A traveling exhibit is also being constructed which will first be displayed at the National Maritime Museum of France in Paris, part of the Louvre.  It will then return to the United States and travel to several major historical institutions.

This will affect the Texas Maritime Museum, and all the LaSalle Odyssey museums, through the removal of several artifacts from each institution.  The nocturnal, sounding lead, brass thimble, and clay pipe bowl currently on display in the museum will be a valuable part of the exhibit.  We are pleased to be a part of this history, and the journey these items will travel.

Since these items will be away for several years, it provides an opportunity for us to update our current exhibit, and use different methods to tell the story of shipboard life.  Watch for changes coming in the Spring of 2014!

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Introducing: Saturday Family Discovery Days at the Museum
Bring the whole family out for Family Discovery Days at the Texas Maritime Museum! Experience a little more nautical fun along with your museum visit on each Family Discovery Day with themed crafts for you to conquer together. Crafts and activities will be available at no additional fee between 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM in our Education Center. Join us for our first theme: Exploration and life at sea on Saturday, September 28th!

Family Discovery Days will be held every other month, on the last Saturday of the month. Keep up to date with our Family Programming on our website calendar or Facebook!


Introducing: Home School Days at the Museum

Come to the Texas Maritime Museum for Home School classes focusing in science, history and technology throughout the school year. Each class will include;

  • Lesson
  • Hands on game/activity
  • Take home craft
  • Tour of the Museum

Offered the second Tuesday of every month, classes are currently available for grades 1st-8th and are approximately 2 hours long. Classes for grades 1st-4th are from 10am-Noon and grades 5th-8th from 1pm-3pm. Each class will focus on a particular subject in the Museum. Please check our schedule for the classes offered. Cost is $6 per child.

Classes have limited seating so please make your reservations ASAP.


For reservations please contact:

Adri Molina




New Members

The Museum is happy to Welcome 22 new members!

  • Stan & Betsy Armstrong
  • Charles Blum
  • Priscilla Boren
  • Deidra & Garry Cate
  • Gemma Beaulieu & Claude Caussignac
  • Glen Chilek
  • Sheila & Raymond Figueroa
  • Timothy & Julita Freed
  • Michael Gann
  • Judy & Gordan Island
  • Dennis Kelley
  • Steven & Keisha Kopp
  • Pat & Modesto Lizcano
  • Steve & Ann Lyons
  • Virginia Mangham
  • Kimberly Maroney
  • Lindrea Sealy & John Peterson
  • LuCinda Rivera
  • Gayle & Lowell Rogers
  • Douglas & Debra Smith
  • John & Anne Weisman
  • Mitch & Nikki Wess

Know someone who wants to be a member? Let them know they can sign up on our website or call the Museum! Gift Memberships also available.

In the days of sailing ships, the log line was used to measure the speed of the ship through the water. We hope this “LogLine” will stand as a measure of our progress.