INDEPENDENCE. The Independence was a side-wheel steamship of 1,376 tons built in Hoboken, New Jersey. She was on her maiden voyage in the New Orleans-to-Indianola trade when she was lost attempting to enter Matagorda Bay on March 26, 1852. Capt. Charles Stoddard had attempted to cross the bar at Cavallo Pass without the services of a pilot. The passengers were not rescued until two days later due to high seas, and six lives were lost in the attempt. The wreck site was probably the site relocated by the Texas Antiquities Committee during its 1978 magnetometer survey and underwater-site-testing project. The Independence is a designated state archeological landmark.
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