The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 12, 1856

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p.2 The Eliza Mary in India - A letter has been lately received from Capt. Gaskin, long and favorably known in this city, who, it will be remembered sailed hence in the Eliza Mary, for England, last year. The letter is dated at Akyab, a harbor on the river Ganges, 13th April, 1856, and contains a full "log" of the vessel from the day of her departure from Liverpool, 20th September last, to the time of her arrival at Akyab, on the 4th March, 1856, embracing a period of ninety-eight days, thirty-eight of which were spent at Sierre Leone, where Capt. Gaskin had the pleasure of meeting with the son of Commissioner Clark, (well known in Kingston, and now of Toronto), of whom he speaks in most complimentary terms. The passage from Liverpool to Akyab, strict sailing time, was made in the unexampled space of sixty-seven days, in the course of which he passed several American and English ships which had sailed from the same port some days before the Eliza Mary. On the 22nd of October, while in Lat. 11.33, N. Long 18.30 W., he encountered an "African Tornado" of great violence which lasted four hours, doing considerable damage to the ship, and severely trying her powers of endurance. But Canadian timber and Kingston mechanical skill, combined, enabled her "to weather the storm."

Capt. Gaskin expressed his intention to sail from Akyab on the 14th April last, with a cargo of 10,000 bags rice, (about 1,050 tons), destined for Amsterdam, whence, he said he would with all despatch make his way to Canada, and finally settle down in Kingston, among his friends and acquaintances, all of whom, there is no doubt, will be most happy to greet with a hearty welcome the "old commodore."

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 12, 1856