The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 27, 1854

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p.2 The Cataraqui - This is a really magnificent clipper-built bark. We went on board yesterday, and found no expense had been spared to make her a very desirable vessel for traffic and speed. She is 146 1/2 feet long on deck, and her breadth of beam is 29 feet, and depth of hold 16 1/2 feet, 632 tons register, and draws 9 feet of water. Her accommodations are very spacious - the cabin being 40 by 24 feet, and well finished. The Cataraqui was built at Kingston, at the Marine Railway, for the owner, Mr. Gaskin, who intends selling her in London. In the meantime, it will be seen, she has cleared from our port with a fair cargo, and she will remain at Quebec until completely loaded. We were informed by Mr. Gaskin that he is constructing at Kingston another vessel of larger dimensions to sell in England; the tonnage of this latter vessel is to be over 1000 tons, and she is to be built, like the Cataraqui, under the inspection of Lloyd's agent for Quebec.

We also observed in our harbor, ready for clearance, another Kingston-built vessel, the Arabia. This is a 3-masted brigantine, 125 feet in length, and 25 feet in beam, with a depth of hold of 10 1/2 feet. She is bound for Glasgow.

Kingston is fast earning a good reputation for ship architecture, and if Capt. Gaskin is equally successful with this vessel as he was with the one he sold last summer, we may expect to find fleets of vessels built at Kingston to supply the English market. [Montreal Transcript]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 27, 1854