My biggest adventure on Thetis
(so far) is the wrecked schooner Jane Gray
. The boat was reported wrecked the first week of August 1888. Along with the renowned Bear
found the ship and saved most of the crew (not sure of the exact numbers there). Bear
took the recovered crew and steamed back south from the arctic, while Thetis
found the wrecked ship.
12 August 1888
merid to 4pm
At 3.10 sighted wreck of schooner "Jane Gray" & stopped ship to send boat to examine her. She was lying on her port side, mast resting on an ice floe. Starboard side had wooden patches over stove parts. Sent line to her & hauled alongside.
4pm to 6pm
At 4.15 started ahead with engines & towed schooner into open water. Came to anchor at 4.20 in 20 fms & veered to 60 from on starboard chain. Sent carpenter's mate & sail crew aboard over holes in schooner's side. Hooked ~ falls at topmast head & to straps around the topmast head of schooner mast preparatory to righting her.
6pm to 8pm
Crew engaged in righting schooner "Jane Gray" & at end of watch she went upright, her deck below water.
8pm to mid
Righted schooner raised her rail awash & battening down hatches. Main hatch & cord wood hatch open at end of watch. Anchored twice during watch but got underway both times on account of field ice drifting down on us. At end of watch vessel drifting.
This is harrowing even sitting in my safe home with a cup of hot coffee. Also first time I have seen "battening down the hatches" used in the literal sense.
Over the next couple of weeks, several of the Thetis
crew were transferred to Jane Gray
and the shipped was towed back to Victoria BC.
It was hard to stop transcribing for sleep or food or family - I wanted to know what happened next!
If you want to know more "events" related to this - let me know. I transcribed a lot so they are in the logs and easily retrieved.