15 June 1894: Local Yachting News, East Coast. Amongst the yachts which have been fitting out recemtly at Wivenhoe are Pilgrim, belonging to Mr Van Raalte; Harelda, 79-ton yawl, Mr Benskin; Firefly, s.s., Mr G. Pratt; Iris; and Shearwater, Mr Barton. A great many yachts have left the place for Harwich Regatta. Messrs Madder & Co., of Wivenhoe, are still busy, and have in hand orders for sails for Patience, belonging to Mr Hasluck, and Xanthe, owned by Mr Channell, Q.C.; also twelve suits for various yachts, viz., two being for Mr Parsons, of Athlone, Ireland, three for Messrs Forrestt and Son, of Wivenhoe, one for Mr Mollett, of Brundall, one suit for Halogen, belonging to Mr H. H. Cousins, of Oxford; one for the noted yacht Challenge, belonging to Mr Walter Stuart; one for Mr Vogen, of Surbiton; one for a boat building for Mr H. C. Smith of Oxford; another for one building by the Thames Yacht Co., for Mr Gould; a suit also for the una boat Rhona belonging to Mr Penraven, of Ipswich. Condor, 157 tons, yawl, has left Mr J. A. Houston’s yard at Rowhedge and gone to Wivenhoe, where she is fitting out. Dotterel is undergoing repairs at Mr Houston’s yard, and will proceed to Wivenhoe to fit out, Gipsy, belonging to Mr A. G. Mumford, of Colchester, was launched from Mr Houston’s yard on Thursday, and has left for Harwich – East Anglian Times.

12 June 1951: M. Benskin, soprano, The Alexander Choir