The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 12, 1863

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p.2 Prince of Wales Marriage - Celebration in Kingston in Honor of the Event

(part) The Naval Demonstration - The steamboats and shipping were gaily decorated with their flags; but by far the best demonstration of this character was on board the barque British Lion, owned by Captain Robert Gaskin. This vessel was literally beclouded with colors and signal flags, and not a vessel in the Royal Navy, decked in the best, could furnish a better display of bunting in proportion to tonnage. Not only was the proper cordage of the vessel fitted with flags, but ropes had been passed out on either side to points on the wharf and colors rove upon them. The Lion carried her own name flag at the main, the American flag at the fore, and the British at the mizzen gaff. Every other point was studded with flags of all nations. At noon a royal salute was fired from the deck of this vessel, and the square yards on the foremast and the crosstrees of the main and mizzen were manned by the sailors, man-of-war fashion. Previous to the hour of noon the Captain spent a busy time in getting together volunteer sailors to man the yards, and when everything was in order for the proposed salute, his anxious impatience for the hour of noon was no less remarkable. Standing on the quarterdeck, and watching for the first flash of the noon-tide gun of Fort Henry, the Captain gave his orders in quick succession - "Strike eight bells - fire the gun - man the yards!" and the actions were suited to the command. The salute was fired and the yards were manned without accident, and everything went off well. The men on the yards did their part very well indeed considering that it was a matter at which they had had no rehearsal. So well were things managed here, and so well did Captain Gaskin merit some acknowledgement, that Lieutenant Colonel Shaw's volunteers (respecting (sic) the military arm of Canada as did the British Lion the naval element of our strength) fired a salute in honor of the naval display which proved so effective: the salute was suitably acknowledged by another in return, and thus compliments between the two forces, so to speak, were exchanged. Owing to a lack of orders from headquarters no extraordinary proceedings were carried out by the regular military...

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 12, 1863