JAMES OLIPHANT PASCALL (PILOT) was lost at sea on 6th February 1850 aged 45 years, his wife died soon after and their two orphans (Mackie PASCALL and Louisa Jane PASCALL) were taken to Australia by an aunt, Anna Pile MACKIE. (Descendants in recent years in Sydney, Australia).
"Disasters of the late Gale: Since Sunday evening we have been visited by another gale from the W.S.W...... As previously reported many fatal wrecks have occurred in the vicinity of the river, and some nearer our own port, during the hurricane of last week. ....... we regret to observe that we have to add the total wreck of a fine West Indiaman, and, it is feared, the loss of all on board, including our respected fellow townsman, Mr James O. Pascall, Cinque Ports Pilot, who was shipped from the pilot cutter off Dungeness on Monday night. The ship of which Mr.Pascall took charge was named the "Sarah", Capt.Bridges, and bound from Jamaica for London, with a cargo of rum, pimento, &c. From the "Globe" of Tuesday last we extracted the following additional particulars: (here follows a word for word report, as in the previous item, above, which included): " ....... many fatal wrecks happened even in the vicinity of the entrance of the river during the recent hurricane. We have now to add a more calamitous event, viz. the wreck of a fine West Indiaman, and it is feared, the loss of all on board of her. On Tuesday, the "Sarah", (Bridges, Master), bound from Jamaica for London, made the Margate-roads, and in the course of the forenoon, was taken in tow by the Trinity steam-tug. As the day advanced the gale sprung up with a destructive fury unfortunately too well known. The ship and the tug laboured sorely, and between 3 and 4 o'clock in the afternoon, when running through the Prince's Channel, the towing hawser snapped asunder, and the ship got adrift. The tug immediately brought up, in the hope that the weather might moderate. The wind, however, continued, to increase until it blew a perfect hurricane, and about midnight the steamer was driven from her anchorage. She lost cable and anchor, and was compelled to run for safety. The "Sarah" was then lost sight of, and from the tempestuous weather that prevailed during the following 24 hours, and the fact that nothing has been seen of her since, although she was right in the track of vessels trading to and from the river, coupled with the circumstances that a quantity of West India produce has been picked up in the vicinity of where she went adrift, as also pieces of wreck apparently of the same class of vessel, there is little doubt that she perished, with all hands.
(Dover Telegraph 16 Feb 1850 p.5 cols 1/2 "Margate")
and "Confirmatory of the apprehensions entertained with respect to the "Sarah", we may also observe, that on Sunday, the Blue Eyed Maid fishing-smack, of Dover, came into our harbour with 9 puncheons of rum and 40 bags of pimento, which had been picked up at sea between the North Foreland, and the Galloper; that at Ramsgate 2 casks of rum, a bag of pimento, pieces of the bulwark of a vessel of the tonnage of the "Sarah", and a quantity of cocoa-nuts, were washed ashore; and that 91 bags of pimento, and 2 Chinese umbrellas had been taken into Calais harbour, having been picked up at sea by a French boat at a distance of about 10 miles from Dover. "The schooner, "Thora", which arrived in Dover harbour yesterday morning, reports that when about 18 miles from the North Foreland, she passed the hull of a large vessel, copper-bottomed, and turned upwards; and that a quantity of casks and spices were floating around the wreck. Little doubt can exist but that this was the hull of the ill-fated ship."
(Dover Telegraph 16 Feb 1850 p.8 col.2)