The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Empire (Steamboat), aground, 19 Nov 1853

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EMPIRE Steamer, beached near Monroe, lighted off with slight damage and expense. Property loss $300
      Buffalo Express
      Jan. 2, 1854 (casualty list)

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We received the following dispatch by the O'Rielly Western Line.
      Toledo, Nov. 19
The steamer EMPIRE is aground about one mile above Monroe. Her passengers came here last night by steamer ARROW.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, November 19, 1853

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The steamer EMPIRE went ashore in a thick fog about a half or three quarters of a mile from Monroe Light House at 1 o'clock on Saturday morning. It was so dark and the fog so thick they passed within a few rods of the Light house, but did not see it. Two steamers have been trying to haul her off this morning, but without success. She is about one foot out of water forward and lays nearly head on to the beach. Her cargo is all out, no damage done that we can learn. She will probably have to lay there until a strong north-east wind gives her sufficient water to float.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, November 21, 1853

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 41.91643 Longitude: -83.39771
William R. McNeil
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Empire (Steamboat), aground, 19 Nov 1853