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Jenny Rumball (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1882

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ASHORE. - The schooner JENNIE RUMBALL, owned by Capt. T.N. Dancey, and sailed by Capt. Petrie, went ashore at Pike Bay, some fifteen miles above Southampton. Particulars have not yet arrived. Capt. Dancey left on Tuesday afternoon for the scene of the disaster. The vessel was loaded with lumber for Secord & Cozzens.
      Huron Signal
      Friday, October 13, 1882

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The JENNIE RUMBALL, owned by captain T.N. Dancy, of Goderich, and in charge of Capt. Petrie, left Providence bay on the 7th, instant, bound for Goderich with a cargo of lumber. All went well until 3 o'clock Monday morning, when near Pike bay she encountered a terrific gale from the westward. The vessel being nearer the shore than the captain anticipated, he found it impossible to make headway. Finally the vessel struck on a reef about a mile from shore, where she remains a wreck. A gang of men have been engaged all the week saving what property they could. The crew had a narrow escape.
      The J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, October, 1882

The schooner JENNY RUMBALL was wrecked in Lake Huron on Monday of last week. She left Providence Bay on the saturday previous bound for Goderich with a cargo of lumber. Three o'clock Monday morning she struck on a reef a mile from shore on Pike Bay. The crew had a narrow escape.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, October 19, 1882
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      Pouring Oil Upon Troubled Waters.
      Capt. Petrie saves the Lives of the Crew of the Jennie Rumball by using the Ship's Oil.
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      The schooner JENNIE RUMBALL, which went ashore a mile from Pike Bay last week, is a total wreck, Capt. Dancey returned from the scene on Friday, and reports the vessel broken up. The crew had a terrible experience. The night was dark, a terrible sea was raging, the vessel was heavily freighted with lumber and hard to manage. She grounded on a flat rock, and a heavy sea broke through her stern, deluging the cabin and flinging Mrs. Petrie and a child across the room. The stove was upset and fell upon Mrs. Petrie, injuring her lower limbs. The vessel pounded upon the rock, and the water which entered the stern broke through into the hold. The crew took to the rigging, and Captain Petrie, assisted by the mate, rescued his wife and child with difficulty from their watery prison.
      The night was raw, and it seemed as if all on board would perish from the cold id they remained on the wreck. The boat had been injured but was patched up with canvas and the party, seven in all, embarked under the lee of the vessel and made for the shore. The sea was running very high, and it was believed that the boat could not live in it, but the captain took with him a large can of oil, and seated in the stern, poured the pacifying liquid upon the turbulent waters. The effect was wonderful. The giant billows as they advanced reared themselves as if they would spring upon and overwhelm the little boat and its devoted crew, but as they struck the oil they subsided and broke in a harmless, gentle upheaval. The pouring of "Oil upon the troubled waters" saved the lives of the boat's crew.
      Capt. Petrie has tried the casting of oil upon storm tossed waves before, and always with a large degree of success. On a previous occasion he broke the force of great waves by merely fastening a blanket soaked with oil to the stern of his boat. Another well known lake captain, also adds his testimony to the efficacy of oil in calming trouble waters.
      There was no insurance upon the JENNIE RUMBALL, and the loss will fall heavily upon Dancey. The treacherous waters of the Georgian Bay have been fatal to three vessels owned by him. Many years ago he lost the BROTHERS, later on the LILY DANCEY, and now the JENNIE RUMBALL. All three went ashore within forty miles of one another.
      We understand that Mrs. Petrie has full recovered from her injury and exposure.
      Huron Signal
      Friday, October 20, 1882
      TOTAL LOSSES, 1882
      [Inter Ocean Casualty List]
Oct. 9. -- Schooner JENNY RUMBALL, near Pike Bay, Lake Huron. Crew saved.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, December, 1882

NOTE:- The Inter Ocean Total Loss List for 1882, pasted in Hall's Scrapbook, had been edited by someone, [unknown], who did not agree with the total loss of the JENNY RUMBALL as indicated by an X beside the entry ?


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.870555 Longitude: -81.327222
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Jenny Rumball (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1882