Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 6, Number 3, September, 1996 Page: 147
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Consider the Lily: The Ungilded History of Colorado County, Texas
Shortly after opening the canal, the federal government offered to sell the Kate
Ward for $4000, and to use the proceeds of the sale to do further work on the river. No one
accepted the offer until August 1854, when a group of Lavaca County merchants purchased
her with the intention of renovating her and operating her on the bay. Their investment,
however, like that of the owner of the Betty Powell, was destined to be a poor one. In
September, a hurricane hit the Texas coast, catching the Kate Ward in the bay. She was
wrecked, and her captain, William J. Ward, and ten of her crew were killed.56
they were propelled by steam or not, and to persons who built steamboats to operate in a river, lake or bay, but
stipulated that the vessels had to be of a certain minimum size. The Betty Powell met the minimum, coming in
at 166.85 tons by custom house measurement.
56 Texas Monument, April 5, 1854, August 29, 1854, October 3, 1854.
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