The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
S. B. Ruggles (Brig), aground, 17 Nov 1851

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S.B. RUGGLES, Brig, bound up, sprung a leak and put back into Buffalo and sunk below the Creek with cargo of merchandise--all total loss. Nov. 17, 1851
      Casualty List for 1851
      Erik Hyle's private papers

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November 16, 1851.- Brig S.B. RUGGLES, in a gale lost a locomotive off her deck, ran back to buffalo and fetched up outside of the Erie Basin Pier, and became a total loss with cargo of merchandise-- estimated loss of goods $13,000. Value of Locomotive $8,000. loss of vessel $4,000. Total loss $25,000
      Disasters on the Lakes in 1851
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser. Jan 2, 1852

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LAKE DISASTER.- The Brig S.B. RUGGLES, Capt John. Montgomery, with 100 tons merchandise and a locomotive and tender on board, which left Sunday afternoon for Cleveland, after having proceeded some 30 miles, was compelled to put back, in consequence of a sudden change of wind. The vessel labored heavily in the troughs of the sea, and she lost her locomotive and tender overboard some 20 mile from Port. In attempting to make the harbor she missed and went on the piles of the Erie Basin, and soon filled and sunk. She will be a total loss. Vessel insured for $3,000 in the AEtna of Hartford.
      Morning Express, Buffalo
      Tuesday, November 18, 1851

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $4,000
Cargo: $21,000
Freight: Locomotive &c.
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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S. B. Ruggles (Brig), aground, 17 Nov 1851