The Rebecca, an American Vessel, sailed from the US in 1884, with cargo consigned to Texas and Tampico. While offshore the Texan port, a strong adverse wind drove the vessel to sea until it found itself off Tampico in a damaged and leaking condition. The vessel accordingly entered the port and logged a protest of distress. Mexican customs officials seized the cargo destined for Texas and arrested the master on charged him of attempt to smuggle. He was tried and acquitted. The Rebecca and its cargo were sold by order of court. The proceeds were to the Treasury and part to the customs employees.