Site Description #

  • Schooner
  • 90ffw
  • 136ft Length
  • Port Colborne
  • N42°46’15” W79°14’34”

Chronological History #

  • 1873, Jun Launched.
  • 1874, May Grounded & damaged Pt. Colborne; dry docked St. Catharines.
  • 1874 Chartered E. R. Williams & Co., Montreal, QUE, transported 23,600 bushels corn direct from Toledo-Ireland.
  • 1874-77 Sailed Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1878, Jul 27 Ashore North Harbor Reef, Lake Erie.
  • 1879 Owned S. H. Keeler et al, Toledo.
  • 1881, Mar Damaged by ice, Buffalo.
  • 1882, May Collided with schooner DAVID DOWS, Buffalo, slight damage.
  • 1884, Nov Aground Maumee Bay, Lake Erie.
  • 1885 Keeler sold 1/2 interest to Albert Hitchcock, Pt. Clinton.
  • 1887, Apr Rebuilt.
  • 1891, Sep 22 Aground Buffalo Creek.
  • 1892 Sep 14 Torn from mooring, blown ashore Blackwell Canal.
  • 1893, Aug 28 Aground Buffalo, NY.
  • 1893, Oct 14 Wrecked & sunk.

Selection of Historical Articles, more #

Bowling State Green HCGL file #

Registry and Rig Information
Official Number125226
Dimensions and Tonnage
Gross Tonnage298.00
Net Tonnage283.00
Hull MaterialWood
Vessel History
HistoryReceived first enrollment at Toledo, OH, July 26, 1873.
DispositionFoundered in eighty feet of water, Gravelly Bay, Ontario, Lake Erie, on October 15, 1893, with all hands; seven lives lost. Vessel was bound from Erie, PA, for Detroit, MI, with cargo of coal.
Build Information
BuilderDuff, John
Place BuiltPort Clinton, OH
Date Built1873-00-00

Vessel Owners #

NameBegin DateEnd DateRegistryOfficial Number
A. Andrews1873-00-001877-00-00U.S.125226
L.H. Keeler1877-00-001885-00-00U.S.125226
E.W. Morton1885-00-001893-00-00U.S.125226

 Buffalo Evening News Wednesday, October 18, 1893 p.1, c.1  #

The Schooner Lost In Gravelly Bay Is The C.B. BENSON for Toledo. 
      The schooner sunk in Gravelly Bay is the C.B. BENSON, which left Buffalo Friday for Toledo. She had seven men on board, all of whom are drowned. 
      Capt. D.W. Carter of Port Colborne telegraphs: “Tugs visited the wreck and she is loaded with coal. Her foremast is gone and the remaining topmasts are painted black. I believe it is the C.B. BENSON. Have just sent another tug with diver and will telegraph you later.” 
      No bodies have been found. Not a single body of the crew of nine men on the J.C. FINNEY, which went down last fall in the Bay, was ever recovered. The G.M. CASE, the MONTICELLO and E.P. DORR were lost near the same spot and only one man’s body found. 
      Captain Duff of the BENSON was one of the best known navigators in this county.

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