Jennibel (1863)
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Service History


The Jennibel, a two masted 110 foot schooner owned by Captain Christianson of Milwaukee, had been engaged in trading at various points on the Door Peninsula for several years. At the time of the disaster she was loaded with a typical cargo of cord wood and hemlock bark.
Final Voyage


"After weighing anchor from Egg Harbor with a hold of cord wood and a deck load of bark, the Jennibel sailed north to Plum Island. Here she was capsized by a sudden squall from the south. Fortunately for the crew, the mishap was observed by Captain Burnham aboard the tug, Gregory, who rescued them from the stricken vessel. The Gregory took the Jennibel in tow and proceeded toward Sturgeon Bay to have the schooner pumped out. South of Chamber's Island, the weather again deteriorated and the Jenniebel sank. The tow line was buoyed and the tug retreated to await calmer weather. When the wind went down, the Gregory tried to refloat the Jennibel, but the tow line broke during the attempt. Thus the vessel settled in 100 feet of water."
Today


"The vessel, Jennibel lies upright in 105' of water, hull is intact except for the stern, which is broken off (due to a salvage effort) and lies 30' behind the main section. Masts and anchors were salvaged; centerboard winch is still intact, as is the anchor windlass, with the chain weaving through the hawse pipes around the windless and down into the chain locker. 5-7 deadeyes remain on the chainplates, 2-3 on the forward port side. the ships cargo of cord wood remains stacked in the hold. The wreck is located on the "bank" of an ancient riverbed, and the water depth drops to 150' just off port side."
 
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