An airy and playful spirit who served Prospero, a wizard and the deposed Duke of Milan, who is the leading character in Shakespeare's play, The Tempest. As he carries out the sorcerer's commands, Ariel finds great fun in making sport of humans and in playing pranks upon Caliban, Prospero's deformed, sluggish, ill-humored, and treacherous slave.
(Sch: t. 48; s. 7.5 k.; cpl. 13; a. 1 gun)
The third Ariel—a schooner built in Baltimore by Dorgin and Bailey as Fourth of July—was purchased by the Navy in April 1831 and commissioned as Fourth of July on 19 May 1831, Lt. Ebenezar Farrand in command.
Renamed Ariel on 9 June 1831, she served as a patrol vessel guarding a live oak forest growing on the gulf coast of Florida between Cape Sable and the Perdido River. That duty lasted from June 1831 to December 1832. She entered port at Norfolk, Va., on 31 December 1832. Decommissioned there, she was sold on 3 January 1833.