Schooner J.C. RIGGS, dismasted near Oswego, Lake Ontario, and lost a man, September 1859. Property loss $600
Disasters to Oswego Vessels During 1859
Oswego (N. Y.) Commercial Times
April 10, 1860
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The schr. 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 7:00 on Sunday morning, and was within about 10 miles of this port, when squall struck her, carrying away her foremast below the catharpins. A portion of the rigging fell upon the 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 arrrived 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 into port during the forenoon. - Oswego Palladium, 5th.
Detroit Free Press
September 8, 1859