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James Scott (Schooner), C71273, capsized, 17 Jun 1878

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The Canadian schooner JAMES SCOTT of Port Burwell, capsized and sank on Lake Erie Monday afternoon, and the captain's wife, her child and two seamen were drowned.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, June 18, 1878

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      Port Rowan, Ont., June 17. -- The schooner JAMES SCOTT, Captain Hill, capsized during a squall Sunday morning five miles off Long Point. The captain's wife and child and a man were drowned. Another man drifted off on the capsized yawl. The captain and mate were picked up.
      Cleveland Herald
      June 18, 1878

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      The Schooner JAMES SCOTT Goes Over In A Gale And The
      Wife And Child Of The Captain, And Two Seamen Are Drowned.
      (Special Despatch To The Detroit Free Press)
Buffalo, June 17. -- Capt. James Jackson, of the schooner WELLS BURT, which arrived here last evening, reports the capsizing of the Canadian schooner JAMES SCOTT, of Port Burwell, at 3 o'clock yesterday morning, and the loss of the captain's wife, her child, aged eighteen months, and a seaman named William Petit and another seaman whose name is unknown.
      The master, Capt. L. Hill, and mate, James Clark who were clinging to the vessel, which was upside down, were rescued with considerable difficulty by the small boat of the WELLS BURT an hour after the vessel went over.
      At the time of the accident the wind was blowing a perfect gale from the southwest, and the rain was falling in torrents.
      The two men drowned and those saved were on the deck at the time, while the captain's wife and child were in the cabin. A few minutes before he was rescued Capt. Hill says he heard his wife's voice, but the position of the vessel rendered assistance impossible.
      The captain and mate were landed at Long Point, where it was thought a crew would be got ready to proceed to the capsized vessel. She left here last Friday evening, light, bound for Port Burwell.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 18, 1878

      The schooner JAMES SCOTT was righted, and sailed behind two vessels under foresail and staysail to Port Burwell.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 21, 1878

Schooner JAMES SCOTT. Official Canada No. 71273. Of 30 tons register. Built Port Rowan, Ont., 1870. Home port, Port Burwell, Ont. 58.0 x 15.0 x 5.6 Owned by Mason Hill, of Port Burwell, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the Dominion
      of Canada on December 31, 1874, Port of Port Burwell

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    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
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James Scott (Schooner), C71273, capsized, 17 Jun 1878