The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 19, 1862

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p.2 Launch of the Barque British Lion

Capt. Gaskin's new Barque British Lion was launched at the Kingston Marine Railway Shipyard, on Thursday afternoon. The day being fine some hundreds of people congregated in the yard to witness the spectacle, the holiday character of which was increased by the presence of the 62nd Regimental Band, which played "Rule Britannia" and other national airs. The ship itself was gaily dressed in flags to the masthead. At the appointed time the props, stays and wedges, which had maintained the stability of the vessel on the stocks, were knocked from under, and at the final "rally" of the hammermen, the British Lion glided smoothly and gently yet rapidly into the waters of the lake. The smoke flew from the well greased ways as she glided down them; and a vigorous cheer (drowning the music of the band) rose from the multitude in the yard and the many gentlemen on board, as the noble vessel made her first acquaintance with what is curiously called her "native element." The sensation to those on board was a pleasant one, and to many of the younger people entirely novel. Nothing, however, could have succeeded better or more in accordance with design than this launch. The steamer Gazelle towed the vessel to the Grand Trunk wharf; and the Captain having gone on board by the Gazelle, he and Mrs. Gaskin entertained their numerous friends who joined together in wishing them health and prosperity, and success to the vessel.

The British Lion is a fine and strongly built vessel, barque rigged, with iron wirestanding rigging and the latest improvements. Her carrying capacity is computed at 16,000 bushels. She is insured by an American company, whose surveyors pronounced her the strongest built vessel on the lakes, and registered her *1 for six years, the best testimony that could be adduced of the sterling qualities of the ship. The workmanship and the style of her build does credit to Kingston, and to the shipyard in which she originated. She was contracted for by Mr. C.W. Jenkins in March last year, and the keel was laid in June following. The fire which broke out in the shipyard retarded her construction, and it was not until September last that she was regularly proceeded with. On Thursday she was launched all complete, ready for a voyage at an hour's notice. She leaves this port, under Capt. Gaskin, on Monday for Goderich, Lake Huron.

Mr. Thomas Fessenden, the Steamboat Inspector for the Port of Montreal, brought up before the Montreal Police Magistrate an engineer named James Weir for serving without having a certificate, and Mr. W.K. Dickenson, proprietor, for having engaged him on board of his steamboat as engineer. They were fined $200 and costs, each, or one month's imprisonment. Mr. Fessenden had put the man off the boat and told him what the consequences would be if her went on board again.

The Steamer Ottawa Raised - Operations were commenced on Wednesday afternoon to raise the steamer Ottawa, which lately sunk off Anglin's wharf. Mr. Calvin's steamer William was made fast alongside the Ottawa, and a rude but efficient lifting pump placed in the hold of the sunken vessel. The pump was worked by a chain from the beam of the William's engine, and when in operation poured forth an immense quantity of water, though there was a great strain on the moorings of the steamer from the fact that her paddle wheels were in motion during the whole working of the pump. The work of pumping commenced on Wednesday evening, but the progress being unfavorable, it was desisted, and again commenced on the following morning. The Ottawa was floating at noon, but the tow boat remained alongside during the afternoon. The Ottawa was taken on Friday morning to the Clarence street wharf, in a perfectly tight condition. The cause of her sinking cannot be accounted for. It is ascertained that there was no fault with the injection pipe, as was supposed by her owners. Expression is given to the idea by those conversant with shipping, that the cause of the late accident will not be ascertained until she is loaded again, when the leak (if there be one) will make itself manifest. The operation of raising cost $2,000, and in addition to this expense, the boat will suffer a detention from the spring trade of about three weeks.

The Harbor - clear of ice.

The Proposed Enlargement of the American Canals - views of American papers. [Leader]

p.3 Imports - 16.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 19, 1862