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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2020 9:13 p.m. PST

"The Lively, a schooner that many 19th-century Texans believed had been lost with all its passengers, did meet its end in a shipwreck, but not with loss of life. Here's how events got conflated in early Texas folklore.

In 1821, Stephen F. Austin took up his father's plan to settle 300 American families in Texas, which was then part of Mexico. Austin chose a tract of land between the Colorado and Brazos Rivers. In New Orleans, Austin and his business partner, Joseph H. Hawkins, purchased the Lively, a small schooner of thirty tons burden, for $600. USD The vessel was fitted out and loaded with provisions, tools, seeds and other supplies for the new colony. One of the passengers, William S. Lewis, described the provisions.

There were six sacks of salt, four barrels of mess pork, six barrels flour, three barrels Irish potatoes, a small cask of side bacon, several boxes and barrels of pilot and sea bread, a tierce of rice and lard, but little of which was put ashore when we landed…."
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