History resurrected at Port Barker
The Lively was a schooner purchased in 1821 to bring provisions, tools and passengers to Texas by colonist Stephen F. Austin. It set sail from New Orleans, headed for the mouth of the Colorado River.
The voyage was delayed by weather, but eventually reached the mouth of the Brazos River offloading men and tools there. It set sail again to meet Austin on the Colorado, but was delayed further — and Austin went on to San Antonio and subsequently to Mexico, not knowing what had become of his ship.
According to researcher Lester G. Bugbee, who published his findings in October 1899, at least part of the cargo of the Lively finally reached San Antonio. At some point prior to June 1822, the little vessel returned safely to New Orleans. The ship’s log noted information about the “safe and capacious harbour perfectly land-locked within two miles of the mouth of the Colorado”, indicating that she did come up the Colorado River.
The Lively made a second trip to the Colorado River in June 1822, but was apparently wrecked on the western end of Galveston Island. Her passengers were rescued by the schooler John Motley (or … the “Motley crew”!) and put ashore at the usual landing place near the mouth of the Colorado River.
As mentioned in Bugbee’s article, “We hear nothing more of her …”
Until the Lively is resurrected at Port Barker at Barton Hill Farms