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Benjamin Barton (Schooner), aground, 5 Nov 1838

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BARTON, BENJAMIN Schooner, Capt. Wheeler, of 115 Tons, ashore just below the pier, at Conneaut. The vessel will probably be a total loss; her cargo of dry goods will probably be saved. Owned by Morse & Co., Detroit.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Monday, November 12, 1838

      Disasters of the Gale -The heavy gale which blew during nearly the whole of Monday night, caused an unprecedented amount of damage to our lake craft. A large number of heavily laden vessels were out, no less than thirteen of which were beached, between Grand River and Erie, as far as we have information. We give below such particulars as we can learn respecting the wrecks.
      Schr BENJAMIN BARTON, Capt. Keeler, 115 tons, ashore lust below the pier, at Conneaut . The vessel will be a total loss; her cargo of dry goods will probably be saved Owned by Morse & Co. Detroit.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, Movember 8, 1838

      The steamboat NEW ENGLAND, Captain Burnet, which was beached in the heavy gale of the 5th instant, arrived in port this forenoon, having been got off on Tuesday morning from her perilous situation. She has received some slight damage to her wood work on deck, and the guard decks have been partially torn up, but is otherwise perfectly sound -- not a berth having started. She has been dismantled, preparatory to laying up.
      The brig VIRGINIA is also off, and now lies in Erie harbor. Her cargo is more or less damaged. The schr. TOLEDO has driven over the bar on which she lay. and is now in a worse situation than before. She will be, as before stated, a total loss. Exertions are making to save the cargo, which is, however, much injured. The schr. BENJ. BARTON has broken in two, which is all we learn respecting her.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, November 16, 1838

      The WRECKED SCHOONERS.---The BENJAMIN BARTON and LODI, beached near our harbor last fall, prove not to have been so seriously injured as was feared. The BARTON has been raised and floated into the Harbor. A trifling expense will refit her, so that she will be but little less valuable than before the disaster. The LODI, purchased by Capt. A.P. Tubbs of this township, has been raised and found to have sustained but little injury except the loss of her keel. --- Conneaut Gazette
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Saturday, March 23, 1839 p.2 col.1

Schooner TOLEDO, ashore half a mile below Grand River - broken up.
Schooner RALPH GRANGER, ashore one mile below Grand River.
Schooner CLEVELAND, between Ashtabula and Conneaut.
Schooner DOLPHIN (supposed) Between Ashtabula and Conneaut.
Schooners LODI and BENJ. BARTON at Conneaut, Total loss.
Schooner SANDUSKY, ashore a little above Erie.
Schooner EAGLE, ashore a little below Erie.
Schooner ILLINOISE, missing on Lake Erie.
Schooner COLONEL BENTON, ashore at Dunkirk. ----- Buffalo Star.
      British Colonist
      Thursday, November 22, 1838

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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.94756 Longitude: -80.55424
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Benjamin Barton (Schooner), aground, 5 Nov 1838