The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Little Erie (Steamboat), sunk, 1843

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Side Wheel steamer LITTLE ERIE of 149 tons burden. Built at Detroit in 1836. Sunk in Lake St. Clair in 1843.
      Marine Disasters of the Western Lakes
      by J.W. Hall [also piece on S\Wheel steamers Hist.]

Paddle Steamer ERIE, built 1836 at Detroit, of 149 tons. First home port, Detroit. Burnt at Detroit March 9, 1844.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      1790 to 1868, Lytle-Holdcamper List

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Chicago, May 18. - The principal topic of conversation along the dock yesterday was the burning of the steamer Ruby in the lighthouse slip Sunday night. The steamer had occupied moorings near Clark street bridge since last fall, and was towed into the slip to make room for the Flora. She was an old boat on a comparatively new bottom, having received a rebuild in 1875. The engine was at one time in service on a steamboat known as "Little" Erie, which, like her larger namesake, suffered destruction by fire with loss of life. Afterward it was placed in boat called the Island Queen and since the palmy days of the Queen has done service on the Ruby. The iron work of the engine is about all that can be saved, as the destruction has been thorough. The Ruby was about to be run in the excursion business by Mr. Baby. She was insured for $6000.
      Detroit Post and Tribune
      Wed., May 19, 1880

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.400277 Longitude: -82.624166
William R. McNeil
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Little Erie (Steamboat), sunk, 1843