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BENNET, Orlando, wrecker, born in Ithaca, New York, 4 October 1818 ; died in Bellport, Long Island, New York, 10 July 1880. He was associated with his father, Phineas Bennet, and William died Andrews, in "a company engaged in the recovery of indestructible goods from wrecks. In this work he succeeded in raising two steamers, which had been sunk in sixty feet of water in the North river, and recovered a cargo of quicksilver from a wreck covered by many feet of sand. During the civil war he was employed by the United States government to clear the harbors of Charleston and Savannah from monitors, torpedoes, and other obstructions. By this means a sea-way was opened to supply General William T. Sherman's army after its march to the sea.
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