The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Empire (Steamboat), U8559, 1 Apr 1862

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THE OLD STEAMER EMPIRE. - Henry W. Burt, of Buffalo, has purchased off L. Smith Kellum, the hull of the old steamer EMPIRE, and it is supposed she is to be repaired and brought into service for towing lumber from Saginaw to Buffalo. So says the Detroit Tribune.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, February 1, 1862

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      NEW FOR OLD. - Messrs. Norris & Burt of this city are having the old steamer SULTANA altered into a Barque for the Saginaw lumber trade. She is to be called the CUMBERLAND. Her name cannot be changed without a special act of Congress, and if changed without proper authority it may cause some trouble to those doing it. The old steamer EMPIRE STATE is to be altered also into a Barque for the lumber trade.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, April 14, 1862

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TO BE MADE A SLOOP. - The old hull of the steamer EMPIRE was yesterday removed to Clark's dry dock for the purpose of being rebuilt and fitted out as sloop for the lumber trade, in the same manner as the SULTANA. - Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, May 12, 1862

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NOTE. - The steamer SULTANA was rebuilt into a barge, and called the SULTANA
      (1863 Underwriters)

      The reference to the EMPIRE STATE is incorrect, and should be EMPIRE, it was rebuilt into a barge, and also called by its old name EMPIRE.
      (1863 Underwriters)

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Empire (Steamboat), U8559, 1 Apr 1862