The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
J. R. Benson (Schooner), C85413, sunk, 20 Jun 1899

Full Text

1899 LOSSES OF VESSELS - June 20 - Schooner J.R. BENSON, foundered on Lake Erie.
      Duluth Evening Herald
      December 13, 1899
The little schooner J.R. BENSON, bound from Sandwich with coal, sprung a leak shortly after leaving Sandusky on Tuesday. An effort was made to beach her, but she went down to the bottom in 20 feet of water. The crew excaped in the yawl.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, June 21, 1899

      Assistant Engineer W.T. Blunt of the United States engineer steamer VISITOR, forwards to the Review from Sandusky the following memorandum: "The three mast schooner JAMES R. BENSON, which was sunk on June 20 off the entrance to Sandusky harbor, lies on an even keel in 25 feet of water, 1,200 feet northwest of the range of Cedar Point lights, 2,000 feet north 11 east from the red lighted can at entrance and 7,400 feet north 37° cast from the Cedar Point beacon crib. The range of the lighted buoy and the main pavilion of the Cedar Point resort passes about 150 feet west of the wreck. While it is not in the channel. it is on the course of vessels coming in from the westward. It lies with its hull entirely submerged, three masts still standing. The wrecking tug MARY GROH is now at work upon the schooner and expects to raise the whole intact by use of pontoons. The wreckers will keep a bright light upon the wreck from sunset to sunrise. Vessels entering Sandusky harbor should pick up the range while out in the lake so as to avoid any damage from the wreck."
      Marine Review
      August 3, 1899

      The wreck of the Canadian tow barge J.R. BENSON is to be removed from the outer channel at Sandusky with dynamite,
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, September 31, 1899
Schooner J. R. BENSON foundered off Sandusky on June 22, 1899. Owned by John Mullen of Amhurstburg. Value of vessel $700. Approx. value of loss $3,500.
      Casualty List for 1899 [total loss]
      Marine Review
      December 21, 1899

The wreck of the schooner J.R. BENSON, near Cedar Point, Lake Erie, will be destroyed with dynamite in a few days.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, May 26, 1900

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


Media Type:
Item Type:
Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Cargo: coal
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.44894 Longitude: -82.70796
William R. McNeil
Copyright Statement:
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

J. R. Benson (Schooner), C85413, sunk, 20 Jun 1899