The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
James Platt (Schooner), aground, 24 Nov 1881

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Northport, Dec. 1. -- The schooner JAMES PLATT, of Detroit, Captain Henry Turner, with salt from Bay City to Chicago, went ashore on South Fox Island on Friday, November 24th at 2 P. M., and became a total wreck. The captain and a female cook were drowned. Six men reached here by the lighthouse boat. The crew were on the wreck from Friday to Sunday, and were saved by the lighthouse crew, W. S. Warner, Lighthouse keeper.
      The JAMES PLATT was owned in Detroit by L. A. Murphy, having been purchased by himearly last spring. She was built at Oswego by George Goble in 1863, and largely repaired in 1874 and 1875. She measured 341 tons, rated B 1, and was valued at $12,500. The PLATT was insured for $10,000 in the Phoenix, Detroit Fire & Marine, Merchantile and New England Underwriters.
      Cleveland Herald
      Saturday, December 3, 1881

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      The schooner JAMES PLATT, which left Bay City on the 18th inst. with a cargo of lumber for Chicago, was wrecked a few days ago on Lake Michigan during a terrible snow storm. Part of the crew were drowned but 6 have survived the two day storm and arrived at Detroit.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, December 7, 1881

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Reason: aground
Lives: 2
Freight: salt
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.44083 Longitude: -85.87981
William R. McNeil
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James Platt (Schooner), aground, 24 Nov 1881