The History of Long and Brier Islands

Ship Wrecks 1867-1929

by | May 29, 2021 | Long Island, shipwrecks | 0 comments

Leta and I looking for a particular map in the archives

At the Book Launch,being presented with a picture of the cover of our new book

In December 2012 Leta and I were asked by the Islands Historical Society to transcribe a hand written ledger of Benjamin H. Ruggles. He had been appointed Receiver of Wrecks in 1867 and the ledger covered up to 1929. This took a considerable amount of time to transcribe. We finished this part and decided to do some additional research on these wrecks and information on Benjamin H. Ruggles. We finished this and in 2015 and the Historical decided they would like to have this information put in a book to sell as a fundraiser for the society.

I had already seen this ledger earlier when I had worked alongside Robert Ruggles at Leonard Small’s Machine shop. He brought it into work and we had tried to read the ledger but found it very difficult to read as it was written in old English.

Lenard Small and I at the Book Launch

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