EMPIRE (1844, Steamer)

Year of Build:
Official Number:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Cleveland, OH
Vessel Type:
Hull Materials:
Number of Decks:
Master Carpenter:
George W. Jones
Original Owner and Location:
D.N. Barney et al., Cleveland, OH
Ownership Notes:
American Transportation Co.
Number of Masts:
Engine Type:
Inclined Compound
# Cylinders:
# Boilers:
Propulsion Notes:
2 of 35 x 120 low pressure, 600 hp engines by Cuyahoga Steam Furnace Co. 30' paddlewheels This engine went in to HENRY HUDSON. Iron locomotive type boilers 26.5' x 4.5' by Spang & Co., Pittsburgh, PA.
253' 6"
32'  8 1/2"
14' 2"
Tonnage (old style):
1140 72/95
Final Disposition
Final Location:
S of base of Long Point; near Port Rowan, ONT.
Lake Erie.
16 Nov 1870
Final Cargo:
Bound Saginaw - Buffalo, stranded during storm; split lengthwise & pounded to pieces. Had in tow canal boat F.P SEARS & barge GLAD TIDINGS. 1871 Jun 9 Documents surrendered - total loss.

1844, Jun 1 Launched.

1844, Aug 15 Enrolled Cleveland, OH; first American built vessel over 1,000 tons; ran Detroit - Buffalo, NY.

1845, May 3 Owned D.N. Barrey et al, Cleveland, OH.

1845, Oct 1 Burst steam pipe.

1846, Winter New, more powerful engine installed.

1847, Apr 20 Largest load of flour, 4,028 barrels & 180 barrels mixed freight.

1847, May 26 Owned Henry Randall, Buffalo, NY; runs Buffalo, NY - Chicago, IL.

1847, Sep 8 Dismasted off Conneaut.

1848, Jul 13 Owned Henry Wright Jr., New York City.

1849, May 5 Stranded off Erie, PA.

1849, Jul 1 Beached Grosse Point, Lake Michigan in fog.

1849, Jul Holed at Point au Pelee, Lake Erie.

1849, Oct 31 Damaged in storm near Cleveland, OH.

1850 Replaced by OCEAN on Detroit - Buffalo runs; ran Reids Line, Erie, PA.

1851, May 1 Collision with brig MONTEZUMA in Buffalo, NY harbor.

1851, Dec Forced by stress of weather to throw off 600 live hogs & 300 dead hogs.

1852 Ran Buffalo, NY - Sandusky, OH.

1852, Oct 8 Owned Elisha Litchfield, NY, president Michigan Southern Railroad, Monroe, MI.

1853 Ran Toledo, Cleveland & Dunkirk.

1853, Nov Ashore at Monroe, MI.

1854, Jun Ashore 5 mi. from Dunkirk.

1857 Laid up at or near Detroit during panic of 1857.

1859 Chartered by Capt. Rarey for trip to Sault for ice.

1862, Aug 2 Rebuilt Clarks Dry Dock as barge; 1 deck, 1 mast, 251 x 33'6" x 12'8"; 1,031 34/95 for lumber trade; owned John S. Noyes & Henry W. Burt, Buffalo, NY; capacity 850,000' lumber.

1863 Ran Saginaw, MI - Buffalo, NY.

1863, Apr Aground at Saginaw, Lake Huron with lumber; released.

1865, Apr 24 Readmeasured 255.1 x 33.3 x 12.7; 704 tons.

1865, Jun 22 Broke in two in storm at Buffalo, lumber laden.

1865, Sep Rebuilt; carries 1,000,000' lumber.

1866, Oct Aground Lake Huron; owned McGregor Brothers.

1867, Jul 15 Owned Thomas & John McGregor, D.G. McAlpine, Detroit; agent US7325.

1868, Nov 2 Lost tow of PRINDEVILLE, adrift Lake Erie.

1870 Rebuilt as steam barge.

1870, Apr 25 Detroit District; US8558.

1870, Nov 12 Stranded Port Rowan, Lake Erie.

From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Donald V. Baut
Edward J. Dowling Collection, University of Detroit - Mercy
Enrollments, U.S. National Archives
C. E. Feltner Enrollments Database
Erik Heyl, Early American Steamers
Lytle List
Beers, History of the Great Lakes, J. B. Mansfield
H. G. Runge Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
Steamboat Era in the Muskokas by Richard Tatley
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707

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EMPIRE (1844, Steamer)