The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
C. B. Benson (Schooner), U125226, 1 Dec 1876

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THE SCHOONER BENSON:-- The Toledo Blade; says The Toledo Schooner BENSON, which has been on the ocean for two years, was last heard from at Montevideo, April 14th. She had arrived there from Santa Fe, and was going to Cork for orders. The vessel has had a very prosperous time on the seas; at least she has met with no disasters.
      Cleveland Herald
      June 8, 1876

OCEAN INSURANCE ON LAKE VESSELS AT SEA:-- The prejudice among the insurance companies against lake vessels on the ocean, especially centre- board schooners, has in a great measure been wiped out, and it is not anticipated that the owners of the various craft now about to make ocean voyages will experience any great trouble in obtaining insurance. Indeed, the insurance on many of them is already placed. Our lake vessels are built as well as, and better than those regularly employed on the Atlantic, and the underwriters are coming to see that the centre-board (a necessity on craft of medium dimensions) is no objection at all. The truth is that the centerboard is a great benefit. but for many years this fact could not be impressed on the minds of sailors and underwriters used and accustomed to the standing keel. It is a positive fact that (centerboard) craft which class B1 on the lakes are given the class of A 2 in Lloyds.
, Both the PAMLICO and BENSON secured better classing on the ocean than they could obtain here on the lakes. We understand that the THISTLE, now fitting in Chicago, the MECHANIC and EMERALD, the THOMAS S. STREET, EDWARD BLAKE, CAMBRIA, MAGGIE McRAEe and A.. G. MOREY are already insured for their ocean voyages, and that the other craft going out from the lakes will obtain insurance without trouble. Those which cannot get insurance (if there be any) will go without it, indicating the confidence of the owners in their vessels. The one great necessity is to send good masters in charge, and we learn that this is to be done.- - - lnter-Ocean.
      Cleveland Herald
      June 13, 1876

ARRIVED:-- Advices have been received from Quebec, stating that the Toledo schooner BENSON, which has been abroad for a year, has arrived safely at Falmouth, England. The BENSON was one of the first lake vessels to cross the ocean, and since her first trip, three years ago, she has not been back.
      Cleveland herald
      October 6, 1876

      THE BENSON AT GLASGOW. - A cable dispatch announces the safe arrival at Glasgow, Scotland, of the schooner BENSON, of Toledo, loaded with deals.
      Cleveland Herald
      January 1, 1877
RETURN OF THE BENSON.-- Her Arrival at Toledo From Salt Water.--- On Friday noon the schooner C.B. BENSON arrived at Toledo, after an absence of three and a half years, which have been spent in the ocean trade. The BENSON, it will be remembered, is the first lake schooner that took a cargo of grain from a lake port direct to Liverpool without transhipment. Captain Duff, who has been with her during her experience on the briny, looks as hale and hearty as he did the day he sailed down the bay nearly four years ago. He seemed glad to get back to the home port again, and his old friends there were certainly glad to see him once more.
      The J. W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, June 1877
Schooner C.B. BENSON. oF 299 tons. Built Port Clinton, August 1873 by John Duff. Owned by S.H. Keller & others. Home port, Toledo. Value $11,500. Class, A 1. REMARKS:-- Three masts.
      Association of lake Underwriters
      Lake Hull Register, 1879

RIG: Schooner
OFFICIAl NO: 125226
LOA: 136.5
BEAM: 26.0
DEPTH: 13.0
GROSS: 298.72 (1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-81; 1882); 283.78 (1883); 298.72 (1884; 1885
NET: 283.78 (1884; 1885
CITY: Port Clinton
HOME PORT: Toledo, OH (1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-81-1882. 1883; 1884; 1885.
YEARS LISTED: 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-81. 1882. 1883:1884:18853, 1884,1885
      MVUS, Pre-list to 1885

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C. B. Benson (Schooner), U125226, 1 Dec 1876