Texas Maritime Museum
The Texas Maritime Museum, located in Rockport, takes visitors through the maritime history and development of the state's coastline, which stretches for 300 miles. The museum explores four main themes: exploration and settlement, oil and gas exploration, commercial and sport fishing, and boat and shipbuilding. In exploration and settlement, the early explorations by the Spanish and French and the development of maritime trade inland from the coast are addressed. Oil and gas exploration looks at the technologies used to extract these resources. A scale model of the largest drilling rig, the Bullwinkle, is featured in this exhibit. In commercial and sports fishing, motors, lures, and tackles are displayed and development of these industries are explored. Finally, boat and shipbuilding examines the shipyards and shipbuilders along the coast which have played an essential role in the coast's maritime history.