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J. R. Benson (Schooner), C85413, aground, 1 Oct 1877

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The schooner BENSON, previously reported ashore on Middle Island, is high and dry on the main land near Alpena. It was reported yesterday that a Canadian propeller had gone to her assistance, which, according to the international law, she is preventing from rendering.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 25, 1877

      Port Huron, Nov. 3. - The little barge HICKORY, of Sandusky, sunk off Leamington, Ont.., on Thursday night and drowned her engineer. She was loaded with cordwood. The tug MOCKING BIRD leaves here tonight with steam-pump and hawser to rescue the schooner JAMES R. BENSON, ashore on Middle Island. The schooner NEW DOMINION went ashore near Point Edward last night and was released this evening.
      Detroit, Nov. 3. - The heavy wind of the last three days, continued in a hurricane last night. Dispatches from Lakes Erie, Michigan and Ontario show that damage to shipping have been numerous and severe. Thursday night, the steam-barge YOUNG HICKORY sprung a leak and sunk off Bar Point, near the mouth of the Detroit River. The engineer, William McAlpin, was drowned. The rest of the crew were saved by the schooner PORTER. The schooners HELEN, NEW HAMPSHIRE, and STARLIGHT were beached near Leamington, Ont. The schooner JANE C. WOODRUFF went ashore last night on the reef near KIngston. The scow FLORA is beached near Grand Haven. The schooner CITY OF TAWAS was beached near St. Joseph last Monday night, and is a total loss. The schooner COLONEL HAYES, of Chicago, went ashore on that beach last night. The steam-barge SWALLOW is ashore near Port Stanley.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 5, 1877

      Port Huron, Nov. 13. - The tug MOCKING BIRD, with the schooner J.R. BENSON, which she rescued from Middle Island, arrived down this evening. The BENSON is in good condition and will be docked for repairs. The tug NIAGARA, working at the schooner MONTEREY, was forced to come after an additional pump, the vessel being so badly damaged that one pump would not raise her. The schooner JAMES C. KING lost nearly all her canvas in the late gale near Alpena, and tows to Chicago.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 14, 1877

Schooner JAMES R. BENSON. Official Canada No. 85413. Of 323 tons register. Built St. Catharines, Ont., 1873. Home port, St. Catharines, Ont. 139.0 x 23.5 x 11.8. Owned by S. Neelon, of St. Caharines, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1886

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    Latitude: 45.06168 Longitude: -83.43275
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J. R. Benson (Schooner), C85413, aground, 1 Oct 1877