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  • Name Noble JOLLIFFE 
    Born Abt 1860 
    Gender Male 
    • Y
    Person ID I26854  Manitoulin Roots
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2013 

    Family Elisabeth KERR,   b. 13 Aug 1865, Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1935, Seattle, Kings County, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Last Modified 1 Jul 2009 
    Family ID F12182  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Through The Years" Nov 1986 reprinted from Aug 1926
      Dorothy Hopkins Addison Scrapbook, transcribed by Marilyn Irish
      Man Lived for Nine Days with Body Submerged
      The tales of Georgian Bay would not be complete without the experience and sufferings of Noble T. Jolliffe of the Grand Manitoulin in 1886. Jolliffe was captain and part owner of the trading schooner "Nellie" and he and his partner Mr. W. Wright traded around the shores of Manitoulin Island.
      The little schooner had seen better days but her owners were doing a thriving business with her and she was thought safe enough so long as no heavy weather was encountered.
      It was on the 5th day of June 1886, that Captain Noble Thomas Jolliffe, formerly of Parry Sound, left the Serpent River in the "Nellie", his partner having been called to Gore Bay on business.
      When about ten miles below Cape Roberts lighthouse, the schooner sprang a leak and filled with water in a very short time; when she rolled over on her side. The yawl boat broke loose as she rolled over and drifted out of reach of the lone mariner.
      Jolliffe climbed out of the water on the side of the schooner and in this position drifted around the bay for two days, scorched by the sun's rays in the daytime and chilled by the cool air and his wet clothing at night .
      During the second night, the old boat lost her main mast, it became unstopped, smashing itself out through the schooner's side. The foremast also broke off close to the deck and the dismantled hull righted and settled in the water close to the deck.
      Weak as he was, Jolliffe managed to crawl over the side of and seat himself on one of the forward thwarts, up to his waist in water.
      Three days more of tortures were endured by this plucky man, his only substance being a bottle of whiskey which he was fortunate enough to fish out from the submerged cabin.
      Early in the morning of the sixth day after the wreck, the schooner drifted on to a rock near the east end of John's Island. Here Jolliffe tried to break up part of the boat to make a raft on which to drift ashore but was prevented by weakness.
      Four days were spent by the man in awful torture at the island almost within reach of safety, and while consciousness lasted he had the mortification of seeing several bodies, schooner sandsteamers go past without being able to attract their attention.
      Some Indians passed the stranded schooner on Thursday and Friday the 11th of June, they reported having seen the wreck and asked why they had not made certain no one was aboard they gave such unsatisfactory answers as convinced their questioners that they were too superstitious to go near the hull.
      Wright, Jolliffe's partner, made every effort to get a boat to go in search of the captain, but did not succeed until Sunday when he was able to engage the Abigaill, and started for the scene of the stranded wreck.
      Meantime, Jolliffe had been found and taken off by a party of fisherman who happened to pass that way and they took him to Serpant River where he received medical attention.
      When the fisherman found Jolliffe he was sitting in the boat almost up to his neck in water with his head lying bulwarks, barely enough out of the water to save him from drowning and quite unconscious.
      Jolliffe was stone blind and his limbs and body were terribly swollen and paralized by being so long in the water. He was ill all summer but recovered his health and strength and is now living in Latna Washington Territory, USA .
      How he managed to live nine days in such condition almost entirely submerged in water without a bit to eat is one of the unsolved mysteries of the Great Lakes.
      -From the Great Lakes News, Aug, 1926