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George J. Whitney (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1871

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Schooner GEORGE J. WHITNEY, cargo coal, on Sugar Island, Lake Michigan.
Total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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      SCHOONER G.J. WHITNEY. - At last accounts this vessel, ashore at Sugar Island, had nine feet of water in her hold. She is coal laden, and her prospects of becoming a wreck are only too good.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, October 23, 1871

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      A VESSEL ABANDONED. - The wrecking party which set out with three steam pump to rescue the schooner G.J. WHITNEY from off Sugar Island, Lake Huron, have returned to this port, their mission proving a failure. The three pumps failed to lessen the water in the vessel's hold beyond ten inches, and she was accordingly abandoned. It is probable, however, that other means may be taken to release her. The WHITNEY was built in Rochester, and is owned by the Hosen Rogers Company, of that city. She has been in service only four years, is 330 tons, and too valuable a craft to be abandoned until every effort to save her has been exhausted. - Detroit Post, 26th.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, October 27, 1871

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. . The recent gales have been the cause of many disasters. The following disasters are reported: Schooner J.S. MINER of Detroit, went ashore Sunday near Kincardine, and has since gone to pieces; schooner DAVID FERGUSON has gone ashore and a total loss; LA PETITE capsized and lost on Lake Huron; Propeller R.G. COLBURN foundered on Saginaw Bay with nearly all lost; schooner EXCELSIOR lost, with but one of her crew; schooner GEORGE J. WHITNEY, sunk but can be raised; schooner JOHN BURK sunk at Leland, Lake Michigan; tug DISPATCH and barges on Port Austin Reef; which will prove a total loss; the propeller GALENA ashore at Au Sable has been pulled off may be injured.
      Port Huron Times
      October 26, 1871

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      About the first work of this spring was the rescue of the schooner George J. WHITNEY which early last fall went ashore at Sugar Island, Lake Huron. Trowbridge, Wilcox & Co., Detroit, has the job of getting her off.
      Port Huron Times
      Thursday, April 25, 1872

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The schr. G.J. WHITNEY which has been repaired damages caused by being ashore on Lake Erie, has completed the same at the Detroit Drydock, and is in comparatively as good condition as formerly.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 14, 1872 3-4

NOTE: Different lakes given as position ?

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Reason: aground
Freight: coal
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.0439 Longitude: -83.22358
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George J. Whitney (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1871