The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., Sept. 5, 1859

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The Schooner J.C. Riggs Dismasted - Loss of Life. - The schooner J. C. Riggs, Capt. Leadly, cleared from this port on Saturday morning for Cleveland, with a cargo of salt, and encountering a heavy gale on Saturday night she was put back for Oswego. She weathered through the night until 7 o'clock on Sunday morning, and within about ten miles of this port, when a squall struck her, carrying away her mainmast close to the deck and snapping off her foremast before the catharpins.

A portion of the rigging fell upon deck, endangering the lives of the crew, and in the confusion the mate, Samuel Taylor, either jumped or was knocked overboard and lost. Another vessel which arrived in port on Sunday morning, brought intelligence of the condition of the Riggs, and the tug Bloore was steamed up and went to her assistance. Capt. Morgan had a rough cruise, but succeeded in towing the Riggs in port during the forenoon.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., Sept. 5, 1859