The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 17, 1862

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p.2 An Extraordinary Craft - The British Lion

The British Lion is the name of a fine new barque which arrived at our port from Kingston, C.W., built under the supervision of Capt. Gaskin, who is also master and owner, and a pioneer in the Lake and European trade. This vessel, which is now on her first trip, has been visited by the inspectors of the Board of Underwriters at various points, and her equal in any respect it would be difficult to find. Constructed of the best of live oak, and heavily timbered, she is classed higher than any other craft at present afloat, viz., A-1* for six years. Length, 120 feet overall, breadth of beam 26 feet 6 inches, depth of hold 11 feet 7 inches. She has immense arches, edge-bolted, and is kneed with iron and wood knees. Her deck beams are supported by heavy iron supports, which extend from the deck to her bilge. Her bilge keels are 12 inches square and clamps nine inches in thickness. Her centreboard box is secured by heavy iron rods, and her rigging is of an entirely new order, composed of wire throughout, with the exception of her running gear. One shroud of her standing rigging is strong enough to support 20 tons weigth. Her cabin arrangements will compete with those of a steamer. Her figure head is represented by a lion resting on a cannon, grasping with his paws a ball which is about being discharged. She is intended for the ocean trade, and is now bound for Goderich, C.W. [Detroit Tribune]

The Toledo Blade says: "From the reports in circulation concerning the line between this city and Buffalo, and also the Crescent City and Queen of the West, of the Cleveland and Bufalo line, there would seem to be a determination to extinguish the 'former glory' of our Lake Marine. The steamers Southern Michigan, Crescent City and Queen of the West have been sold to parties in New York, and their engines taken out to supply hulls of New York construction. We hear it rumored also, that the 'big boats,' Western Metropolis and City of Buffalo, have also changed hands; that they will be taken to Buffalo, the engines removed and carried to the metropolis and placed in a salt water craft, and that the last named boat is to be stripped of her upper works, a powerful propeller placed in the hull, and the new vessel put in the grain trade between Buffalo and Chicago.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 17, 1862