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Mystery of The “Lively” No Mystery At All

Mistaking the Brazos River for the Colorado on December 23, 1821, the schooner “Lively” dropped off passengers and cargo destined for the Austin Colony at the wrong place. 

When the ship failed to show, Stephen F. Austin presumed the vessel and its contents had been lost at sea.  Rumor became accepted fact, and for years most Texans believed the “Lively” had gone to the bottom.  The ship did sink alright but in the summer of 1822 not the previous Christmas while on the return trip to Texas.