The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Wed., May 19, 1880

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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.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Wed., May 19, 1880