The schooner BENSON, Capt. Duff, from Toledo to Erie, with 20,000 bushels of wheat, is ashore on the reef, east end of East Sister Island. She went on Sunday morning at 8 o'clock. She is three feet out forward, the stern in deep water. The mate was at Put-in-Bay for assistance to get her off Sunday afternoon.
July 30, 1878
The officers of the FESSENDEN report that early Sunday morning she was called to the relief of the schooner C.B. BENSON, which, at that time was aground on East Sister's reef, loaded with wheat, on her way to Cleveland. When the FESSENDEN got to the spot the steam barge FRED KELLY had succeeded in pulling the BENSON off, but not before the latter had thrown overboard about 3,000 bushels of wheat.
Detroit Free Press
July 30, 1878
THE BENSON ON THE ROCKS.
Clear to England and South America, then to be lost at the head of Lake Erie. It is sad. It seems hardly probably that a vessel that has made the long and perilous voyages that the C.B. BENSON has, could end her days in such a staid, commonplace manner as running on a reef in Lake Erie. But such is the case. On Saturday the BENSON, under command of Capt. Duff, who sailed her across the ocean, left here for Erie, with 22,000 bushels of wheat aboard. All went well till she attempted to pass East Sister Island about 18 miles from here. There is a hidden and very dangerous reef at that place, known as the North Harbor Reef, and upon this, about midnight Saturday night, the BENSON went with great force. Word was immediately sent to Put-in-Bay, and then to this city and Detroit, a steam pump being sent from the latter city. She was hard on all day yesterday, and was leaking considerably. It is probable that the hull will be saved, in bad condition, but the greater portion of the cargo will be unfit for use. Vessel and cargo were insured. - - - Toledo Blade, 20th.
Chicago Inter Ocean
July 31, 1878
Schooner C. B. BENSON. U. S. No. 125226. Of 298.72 tons gross; 283.78 tons net. Built Port Clinton, Ohio, 1873. Home port, Toledo, Ohio.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884