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Jenny Lind (Schooner), U12716, aground, 21 May 1883

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[ unreadable] pieces yesterday morning a few rods out from the pier at the foot of thirty-third street. Five persons were on board, and only one - the mate - escaped, after a hard struggle for life. The names of the lost men are:
      John Anderson, captain.
      L. Peterson, cook.
      A. Helgeson, sailor.
      Christian -----, sailor.
      Exel Lampe, the mate, was saved.
      The vessel left Muskegon on Sunday morning laden with slabs and lumber, and reached Chicago before daylight, anchoring off the government pier. At 3 o'clock the cables of both her anchors parted, and she began to drift before the wind till she got opposite Thirtieth street, when she capsized on her beam end. The five men were seen by men on shore. They were clinging to the side of the hull, and the masts seemed to be under water. The vessel righted again, and the yawl was launched and the captain and crew took to it.
and the captain and two of the men were drowned. Of the two that remained in the boat Exel Lampe, the man that was saved, deserted it, and swam to shore by the aid of two slabs. He became insensible when he got to the pier, and in that condition was picked up by Signal Sergeant Bowen, and carried in the Cottage Grove patrol wagon to the Michael Reese Hospital. He was badly bruised, and had a deep gash over the right eye.
      The following is the story told the Inter Ocean reporter by the surviving man: "My name is Exel Lampe, and I am a single man 33 years of age, and my native place is Tensberg, Norway. I have sailed for two years. About a mile out the schooner struck a shoal spot and capsized, and we all got off into the yawl. The yawl capsized with us several times. We saw our poor captain swept into the water first; then I saw the cook get a plank and start off on that. The other sailor was drowned the last time the boat capsized, and Christian, whose surname I never knew, was left alone with me in the boat. I told Christian that I would stay in it no longer and intended to try to swim to shore. He advised me not to try, saying that I never could make the shore alive. I took a plank under each arm and started. I never saw Christian again. I lost my slabs, but there was a great many floating near me, so I got hold of two more, and then the slabs floated about my head so thick that they struck me on the head and cut my face. I pushed them back, and with the aid of the two reached the pier, when I lost my senses. I remember of getting my arms about a post at the pier. I have had no sleep for two nights, and my body is sore all over, but I expect to be all right in a day or two."
      Peterson and Anderson, the cook and captain owned the vessel and cargo.
      THE LOST.
Captain Anderson was 37 years old and married: Helgeson was 50 years old and married, and Christian was 35 years old and single.
      "Did you think that you could reach the shore when you started from the yawl ?".
      " No, I hardly thought I could. I was too much bungled up with heavy clothes. I put my books and papers inside my jacket, for I expected to be drowned, and I wanted something by which my friends in the old country could learn of what happened to me."
      The JENNY LIND measured 110 tons. She was an old craft, being built in Chicago in 1848 by Degrote. There is no insurance.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, May 1883

BIG BLOW YESTERDAY. -- The schooner JENNIE LIND went ashore at the foot of 33rd street, Chicago and went to pieces. 4 drowned, 1 saved at 6 this morning.
The schooner MINNIE BURGER loaded with lumber went ashore at the foot of 28th street at 8:30 this morning. All 7 crewmen were saved.
The schooner MIESEL is ashore near lakeport.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, May 22, 1883

On Monday morning between 5 and 6 a.m.,during a terrific gale, the schooner JENNY LIND, laden with slabs from Muskegon, was driven ashore near 33rd.Street, Chicago, and went to pieces; and her captain, John Anderson; L. Peterson, the cook, and two men were drowned. A. Sampe, the Mate, who was the only unmarried man on board, was the only one saved. The vessel was owned by the captain and cook and was built in Chicago in 1848.
      Marine Record
      May 26, 1883

JENNY LIND, Schooner, of 110 Tons, and 35 years of age, a total loss on Lake Michigan during 1883. Valued at $2,000.
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883

JENNY LIND Schooner, ashore May 21, 1883. App. Value $1,700. App. Loss $1,700.
      Casualty List for 1883
      Toronto Globe, Dec. 4, 1883

JENNY LIND, Schooner, 110 Tons, built 1848. Wrecked near Chicago 1883, 4 lives lost.
      "Hist.,of the Great Lakes"
      by Mansfield pp. 848

LIND, JENNY Schooner of 110 Tons. Built at Chicago 1848 by DeGrote. Owned by Williams. Home port, Chicago. Value $----. Class 00. REMARKS :- nil.
      Inland Lloyds Vessel Register, 1882

JENNY LIND Schooner. Official U. S. Number, 12716. of 110.98 Tons. Home port, Buffalo.
      Merchant Vessel List of U. S. for 1869

JENNY LIND Barge. Official U. S. Number 12716. of 110.98 Tons. Home port, Chicago, Illinois.
      Merchant Vessel List of U. S. for 1871

Schooner JENNY LIND. U. S. No. 12716. Of 110.98 tons gross; 105.44 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1848. Home port, Chicago
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

NOTE :- The Schooner JENNY LIND was built at Cleveland in 1848. Altered to a barge by 1870, became schooner again around 1873

RIG: Schooner
GROSS: 110.98 (Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-81; 1882;
1883; 1884)
NET: 105.44 (1884)
CITY: Cleveland
HOME PORT: Buffalo, NY (Pre-list; 1869; 1870); Grand Haven, MI (1873; 1875; 1876; 1877); Chicago, IL
(1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-81; 1882; 1883; 1884)
YEARS LISTED: Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-81; 1882; 1883; 1884.
NOTES: Listed as lost in 1875
      Mvus, pre-list to 1885

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Reason: aground
Lives: 5
Hull damage: $2,000
Cargo: included
Freight: wood slabs
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
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Jenny Lind (Schooner), U12716, aground, 21 May 1883