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Empire (Brig), sunk by collision, 1 Nov 1848

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EMPIRE Brig, of Buffalo, run into by Propeller PRINCETON on Lake Huron and sunk in 4 fathoms water, about 45 miles from the mouth of the St. Clair River. Brig bound up with a cargo of merchandise, November 1, 1848.
      Casualty List for 1848
      Erik Hyle's private papers

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      November 1848.--Brig EMPIRE, sunk by collision on L. H., cargo merchandise; total loss vessel and cargo. Property loss $35,000.
      Casualty List for 1848 (Capt. Rounds)
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      January 4, 1849

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      MARINE DISASTERS. -- By a telegraph communication from the West, we learn that the brig EMPIRE, bound up with a full load of merchandise, was run into by the propeller PRINCETON on the night of the ist November, about forty five miles above the St. Clair River on the west shore and sunk in 24 feet of water. The EMPIRE was owned by William O. Brown, Esq., of this city, and was fully insured in the buffalo Mutual Co. We have not learned that there was any insurance on the goods.
      The brig EUREKA, from Chicago, with a cargo of 13.000 bu of corn and 150 bbls. flour, in attempting to come in last evening, struck the bar at the mouth of the creek, and now lies along side of the brig AMAZON.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday Evening, November 3, 1848

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      The Detroit Commercial Bulletin of the 3d inst., contains some further particulars in relation to the sinking of the brig EMPIRE. It says that on Wenesday evening about 11 o'clock, the brig EMPIRE, Capt. Alenander, while under a close reefed sail, awaiting a favorable wind to run across Saginaw Bay, which she had been holding on to accomplish for two days, was run into by the propeller PRINCETON, which knocked a hole in her and while the crew were doing their best to keep the water from rushing in, the propeller made fast to her and towed her towards shore into twenty four feet of water where she sunk.
      She was loaded with a heavy freight for Milwaukee and Chicago, and the bills of lading, books &.c., all being lost, we are dependent upon the Captain's recollection for a description of her loading. She had 300 stoves, 300 barrels of apples, 30 or 40 crates of crockery, 400 kegs of powder, for Mr. laflan, Chicago: 300 chairs, 3 boilers and engines for saw mills, a lot of barrels turpentine, a lot of tin cans of acids, to Tarlor & Hammond, & Webster, Chicago and a large lot of lumber. She had much other freight, but Captain could not recollect what it was.
      Several vessels which left port during the lull of the storm on Friday, have been driven back.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday Evening, November 6, 1848

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Reason: sunk by collision
Hull damage: $35,000
Cargo: included
Freight: merchandise
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
William R. McNeil
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Empire (Brig), sunk by collision, 1 Nov 1848