THE SCHOONER JENNY
The Antarctic Circle has never been a safe or simple place to sail, and among the hundreds of tales of death and tragedy the story of the schooner Jenny is among the most disturbing.
On September 22, 1860, the crew of the whaler Hope sighted a battered ship emerging from a gap between two icebergs, seven men seemingly standing at attention on the main deck.
As the two ships drew nearer, the whaler’s crew saw that the men on deck were actually frozen solid, apparent victims of some freak storm that caught them in the open.
Boarding the schooner, the Hope’s Captain Brighton made his way to the master’s cabin, where he found the Jenny’s captain apparently in the middle of writing a log entry.
When the man failed to respond to conversation, Brighton discovered that he too was frozen stiff. The log’s final entry (“No food for 71 days. I am the only one left.”) was dated May 4, 1823, almost forty years prior.