Texas Navy Association

Updated 06/21/17

Charles E. Hawkins Squadron

Location: Galveston, Texas

For information about joining this Squadron, please contact chester@barnes.com /630-229-3681

Commander - Adm. Chester F. Barnes, II: chester@barnes.com /630-229-3681

Deputy Commander/TNA Board Rep. - Adm. Butch Spafford: admspafford@gmail.com/409-239-3182

Operations Officer - Adm. Andy Hall

Secretary - Adm. Lawren Hall

Treasurer -Adm. Dennis Miller

Board Aide-de Camp - Commander Bryan Fitch

Chaplain - Adm. Reverend Stephen Duncan

Commander Emeritus - Adm. Jim Earthman

Commander Emeritus - Adm. Bill Rouse

Our next meeting is July 6 at Fisherman's Wharf in Galveston at 6:30 pm.

Hawkins Squadron Meeting, July 6: Texian Navy Days Are Coming!

by Andy Hall

Texian Navy Days Graphic 250 pxThe next meeting of the Hawkins Squadron will be Thursday evening, July 6, at Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant in Galveston. The focus of the May meeting will be plans for the 2017 Texian Navy Days event, September 15-17 at Moody Gardens. It's gonna be a big thing, y'all!

The Hawkins Squadron's special guest that evening will be Jamie White speaking about "Sailing the Elissa - A Square Rig Primer".

The event will begin with a meet-and-greet and cash bar at 6:30 p.m., with dinner and the presentation beginning at 7:00. Attendees can order from the regular Fisherman’s Wharf menu, and will be responsible for their own food and drinks. Those wanting to attend should RSVP to Adm. Butch Spafford, (409) 239-3182, or by e-mail to admspafford@gmail.com

The Texas Navy Association is a private, 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to preserving and promoting the historical legacy of the naval forces of the Republic of Texas, 1835-45. In Galveston, the Charles E. Hawkins Squadron was organized in the fall of 2016, and meets on the first Thursday evening in odd-numbered months at Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant.


Andy Hall | April 22, 2017 at 11:26 am 

 Hawkins Squadron


Adm. Mike Matson (r.) presents a U.S. Ensign and TNA pennant to Adms. Chester F. 

Barnes II (l.) and Adm. Dick Hatch (c.).

On Thursday evening, American Oarsmen Skipper Mike Matson gave a presentation on his team’s recent completion of the 2016-17 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Matson and his teammates, David Alviar and Brian Krauskopf, completed the race on February 2, with a passage time of 49 days, 14 hours, 4 minutes, and 20 seconds. They covered a total distance of 2,789 nautical miles. They finished fourth in the race overall, and first among three-man crews.

Matson presented the Texas Navy Association with a United States Ensign and a TNA pennant (above), both of which had been carried across the Atlantic during the race. The Ensign was originally from U.S.S. Constitution, the oldest commissioned vessel in the U.S. Navy. The TNA helped sponsor the American Oarsmen’s endeavor.


Matson was also presented a Texas Navy medal, in recognition of his efforts in representing the TNA in this remarkable effort.



Andy Hall

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