The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sun, 10 May, 1857

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The barque Empire, the loss of which we noticed yesterday, has gone to pieces where she went down, and will prove a total wreck. Her cargo is of such a nature, however, that it will probably be saved without having received any material damage. Portions of the wreck and cargo have been picked up along the beach, and, up to Tuesday evening the bodies of five of the unfortunate crew that perished had been recovered. Boats are engaged in the neighborhood of the wreck in searching for the remaining six bodies. There were two horses on board the vessel at the time she was disabled, and when it was discovered that she might go down, they were cut loose, and one of them, which was old in years and service, having been on the lake for several seasons, succeeded in reaching the shore; but the younger one was drowned.

We yesterday overlooked giving the names of the brave crew that manned the life-boat and risked their own lives in rescuing the survivors of the wreck.. They are as follows: Captain Keyes, J. A. Spencer, Richard Tichman, Wm. A. Clemmons, Charles Keyes, John Meacham, Geo. Clark and John Burns.

We cannot omit to reference the heroic, but truly womanly conduct of Mrs. Alexander Clemmons and Mrs. J. D. Keyes, who remained on the beach several hours, with supplies of dry clothing, flannels, and restoratives for such of the shipwrecked crew as should reach the shore alive. Each of them had a son among the gallant eight who manned the life-boat, but even their maternal fears were kept in subjection to the sterner, but nobler promptings of duty. With cheering words they urged their boys to the performance of their perilous task; and when they had succeeded in receiving the survivors of the crew, the kind ministrations and good cheer of those heroic ladies did much to restore the exhausted vitality and strength of the strangers. - Sandusky Register, 6th.

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sun, 10 May, 1857