The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Jenny Rumball (Schooner), 17 Jul 1863

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LAUNCH.- The new vessel was launched on Saturday afternoon, according to announcement. At the hour appointed quite a large number of our townsmen, acccmpanied in many cases by ladies, wended their way to the Quey (sic), to witness the transmission of another ship into "That we heard a gentleman calling "her native element." One of the most remarkable facts connected with the launch was that her masts, bowsprit and rigging were all standing in proper place - this being the first instance of the kind in Goderich. The "ways" being in perfect readiness at last, the signal was given, fifty sledges began to work, and very soon the proud little schooner gave notice that she was about to leave 'terra firma'. Thereupon Capt. Dancy broke the indispensable bottle of wine upon her bow, and as she started down the ways the pennant at " the fore" was shaken out showing as it flapped in the breeze the name, JENNY RUMBALL. The descent to the water was a beautiful one, as amidst a deafening cheer the vessel with a plunge and a splash darted across the river. When brought up by the check lines she rode like "a thing of life" and displayed beyond dispute the beauty of her model. We need hardly say that the JENNY RUMBALL as she was warped up to the
dock was heartily cheered. She is not so large as the MAITLAND or TECUMSEH, but will, nevertheless, be a valuable addition to our Lake fleet. She wiill be got ready for sea immediately, and we trust the enterprising owners, Messrs. VanEvery & Rumball, will find their speculation a profitable one. The crowd adjourned to the warehouse to partake of the refreshments which had been prepared in abundance.
      Goderich Signal, Semi-Weekly
      Tuesday, July 21, 1863

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Jenny Rumball (Schooner), 17 Jul 1863