The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Empire (Barge), 4 Sep 1865

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The old steamer EMPIRE, for some years past dismantled and used as a lumber barge, broke in two and sunk off Buffalo Harbor a few days since during a heavy blow.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      Saturday, July 8, 1865

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      The barge EMPIRE, which in her day has rendered important services on the lakes, at one time a splendid passenger steamer, and a leviathan at that, and latterly a lumber carrier between Saginaw and Buffalo, made her appearance here yesterday for the first time since early in the season, in tow of the tug HARRISON, bound for the lumber piles in the Saginaw Valley. Old Boreas early last spring sought to make a finish of her during one of his violent freaks, notwithstanding it was reported her back was broken. She has since been greatly strengthened, and is none the worse of her late disaster. The EMPIRE is owned by J.S. Noyes, of Buffalo, who, if we recollect rightly, was the first to establish this mode of cleaning out the pine region of Michigan by a transit of 1,000,000 ft. at a cargo.
      Detroit Free Press
      September 4, 1865

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Empire (Barge), 4 Sep 1865