The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 28 May, 1870

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IN THE CIRCUS BUSINESS. - The propeller Benton has been engaged for a forty days' cruise by Dan Costello, the showman. She takes the troupe on at Racine, visits the different places on the east and west shores of this lake, then goes into Green Bay, then to Lake Superior. After the Benton fills her engagement, she will engage in the fruit trade between Chicago and St Joseph. She is now owned by the "Benton Harbor and St. Joseph Navigation Company," having been purchased by them this spring. Captain John Morrison is in command. - [Chicago Republican.

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NOTE: The BENTON was a small (308 gt) passenger and freight steamer built in 1867 by Hitchcock & Gibson, Buffalo. She was converted to a bulk freighter in about 1883 and burned to a total loss at the Ford Rouge Plant, near Detroit, in August, 1909.    
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28 May, 1870
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 28 May, 1870