Steamship Empire

The Steamship Empire was the second steamboat for the Troy Line, built in 1843, and captained by R. B. Macey. The paddle boxes were lettered "Empire of Troy", as the owners did not want travelers mistaking the boat for an Albany liner. The Empire was, at the time, the largest steam vessel in the world, at 936 tons, 307 feet length, 30 feet beam and 9 feet depth of hold.

Her fate

She was sunk in a collision with the schooner Noah Brown on the Hudson River, near Newburgh NY, on May 17, 1849. Twenty-four people were killed, including Margaret Carson, wife of James S. Carson, and their daughter Isabella [ [http://www.accessgenealogy.com/scripts/data/database.cgi?file=Data&report=SingleArticle&ArticleID=0014708 Carson, James S ] ] .

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