Capt. George Ruggles lived and worked in Charlotte, NY, a suburb of Rochester. He built canoes from the 1880s into the early 1900s, and received a patent for the unique way he built boats (the patent was for the mold). His boats were built with a brass spline set into a groove in each plank edge. He was well-known for his decked racing canoes, and it was said he wouldn't build one for you unless he thought you were good enough.
We've identified at least 21 canoes Ruggles built, referenced in the period literature. A few Ruggles canoes survive, one in the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, one at the Sodus Point Lighthouse museum; there may be a couple others in private collections.
Dan - I recently purchased a canoe ( serious restoration project) from a guy, and when I picked it up, he told me that he had a friend who had some of the original forms that were used by Ruggles. That is the extent of my knowledge about this, but I was curious about who Ruggles was and what kind of boats he built and when.