Minot's Ledge, MA Lighthouse Collapses, Apr 1851

Sketch of the Lighthouse Sketch of the Collapse


An extra of the Boston Journal of the 17th, says:
The last time that the light house was seen standing, was at about 3 1/2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The light was not seen burning last night. About 4 o'clock this morning MR. BENNETT was on the beach, and discovered fragments of the building strewed all around.
Parts of the residence room and of the lantern itself were on the beach, and also portions of the bedding, MR. BENNETT'S clothing, &c. One of BENNETT'S life buoys came on shore, having the appearance of having been used by one of the unfortunate men who were in the light house. He had lashed it to his back, but the waves probably washed him out of it.
MR. BENNETT was absent from the light house when the sad catastrophe occurred. He had been ordered up to the city by collector GREELY, to purchase a new boat, and, on his return, Tuesday afternoon, found the sea so high that he could not get on board the light. To this he is indebted for the preservation of his own life. The names of the two men on board were JOSEPH WILSON and JOSEPH ANTOINE, a Portuguese. They were both minors and were true and faithful men.

The Daily Sanduskian Sandusky Ohio 1851-04-26



We understand that at low water, the wreck of the light-house on Minot's rock, can be plainly seen. The massive iron work of the structure lays on the ledge to leeward, the lantern broken in two, and the keeper's house and other parts a mass of ruins. MR. BENNETT has made preparations to secure the lantern and other parts of the wreck, and hopes to find the bodies of his unfortunate assistants.
Thousands of strangers have flocked to Cohasset to witness the scene of the late disaster. We understand that MR. BENNETT was much annoyed by the intrusion of strangers into his cottage, yesterday, eager to secure pieces of the wreck as relics of the mournful catastrophe.
The steamer R. B. Forbes did not go down to Minot's Rock last night, in consequence of the severity of the weather, and the heavy sea. She will resume her station tonight.
Boston Journal.

Newport Daily News Rhode Island 1851-04-23