The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Empire State (Propeller), 13 May 1862

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On Sunday there were quite a number of arrivals of various new craft, which attracted the attention of many who during the day could find nothing better to attract their attention. We will first mention that of the new prop. EMPIRE STATE, commanded by Capt. J. W. Brett, and built at Buffalo for the People's Line of steamers, which ply to Chicago. We have noticed with some distrust what has been said of this steamer by the press elsewhere, speaking in the highest terms of her various qualities, both as staunch built craft and beautiful model, but, now that we have seen for ourselves, we fully indorse all that we have read, and are prepared to add considerably more. She is without a doubt, ahead of anything in the propeller line that has yet reached our port, and we cannot see where any improvements are to be made. The run from Cleveland to this port was made in 12 hours, during which timw she was obliged to stop from 10 to 12 times in consequence of the foaming of her boilers. This speaks highly favorable as to her speed.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 13, 1862

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Empire State (Propeller), 13 May 1862