ARIEL. The Ariel, the first steamboat used in Texas waters, was the property of Henry Austin, who brought the vessel to the mouth of the Rio Grande in June 1829 to experiment with steam navigation on the river. In October the Texas Gazette reported that the Ariel had ascended 300 miles up the river to Revilla and was making regular runs between Matamoros and Camargo. After a year Austin gave up the project and arranged to visit Stephen F. Austin's colony in Texas. In August 1830 he reached the mouth of the Brazos and ascended to Brazoria. After exploring Brazos waters, he decided that a boat business could not be made profitable and decided to sail for New Orleans. The Ariel was almost wrecked attempting to cross the Brazos bar and put out to sea in a damaged condition; it was forced to return. After three attempts to reach the United States, the ship put back into Galveston Bay and was laid up to rot in the San Jacinto River.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Wesley N. Laing, "ARIEL," accessed November 12, 2019, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/eta01.
Uploaded on June 9, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.