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Benjamin Franklin (Schooner), U2381, aground, 6 Nov 1877

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Messrs. C.H. Clark & Co. received a dispatch from Captain J. Doville, dated Port Clinton, November 6th, which says; " Schooner BEN FRANKLIN ashore at Canbuoy Reef; total loss." The FRANKLIN had on 300 tons of coal, shipped by C.H. Clard & Co. to the Detroit Gas Works. The coal was insured. The vessel was owned by Capt. Doville, and it was stated that she was at least partly insured, but their were no particulars given in the dispatch. It is supposed the crew were all saved as nothing to the contrary was stated.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 7, 1877

      The schooner BEN FRANKLIN will be rescued if tugs, pumps, and lighter will do it. The Detroit Post of the 13th, says: The tug OSWEGO and barge ROSCIUS, with steam pumps and other wrecking apparatus on board, left Detroit Saturday to go to the rescue of the schooner BEN FRANKLIN, ashore on Cranberry Reef, near East Sister Island, Lake Erie.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 14, 1877

Captain Grummond, having got off the schooner ALMEDA, is going for the BEN FRANKLIN. He was to get $2,500 if her saved the ALMEDA, or no pay.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 15, 1877

      The tug OSWEGO returned to this port yesterday from Cranberry Reef, Lake Erie, without the schooner BEN FRANKLIN, which could not be pumped out fast enough with the appliances on hand to float. The FRANKLIN is not in bad shape except her leak, which is evidently a big one, but her position is dangerous and she is liable to be broken up by storms. (Detroit Post, 15th.)
      Cleveland Herald
      November 16, 1877

Schooner BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. U. S. No. 2381. Of 147.22 tons. Home port, Sodus, N.Y.

Schooner BEN FRANKLIN. Of 172 tons. Built at Sodus by D. McNett in 1857. Home port, Sodus. Owned by Hunter, Bates & Co. Value $5,000 Class A 2. REMARKS -- Flat
      Board of Lake Underwriters
      Lake Vessel Register, 1861

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
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Benjamin Franklin (Schooner), U2381, aground, 6 Nov 1877