The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 22, 1863

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p.2 Launch Of The Robert Gaskin - The great event of the season in connection with the shipping of the port was the launching yesterday afternoon of the barque Robert Gaskin, at the Marine Railway Shipyard. This vessel was commenced in October last and completed on Saturday. Her length of keel is 136 feet; depth of hold 11 ft. 6 in.; and her length over all 142 feet. She was built expressly for the grain trade, and has a carrying capacity of 20,000 bushels. Her standing rigging is of wire; all her beams are fastened with iron knees, and she is furnished with patent steering apparatus, windlass and capstan, and Trotman's patent anchors. She is treenail fastened thoroughout, and is, we are informed, the only vessel on the lakes, except one, that is thus fastened.

The launch took place at three o'clock, and was witnessed by at least three thousand persons. The ceremony of christening was performed by Miss Jenkins, daughter of the builder, immediately after which the blocks were knocked from under, and the vessel moved rapidly and gracefully off the ways into her future element with some three hundred persons on board, the band of the 62nd, stationed in the yard, playing the good old air "Rule Britannia," and an amateur band on board performing "Dixie" to the evident delight of the host of Southern sympathizers congregated below. The vessel was gaily decorated with flags of almost every description, and as she glided into the water amid the cheers of the crowd presented an imposing appearance. Having got fairly out from the shore, the company sat down to an excellent luncheon provided by Captain Gaskin. Mr. A.J. Macdonell, who occupied the chair, proposed the health of their entertainer, and in doing so warmly eulogized the enterprise and business capacity of Capt. Gaskin, who he said had conferred many benefits on the city of Kingston. After remaining in the stream for about an hour the vessel was towed in to the Grand Trunk wharf by the steamer George Moffat, and after she had been made fast, the ladies on board, of whom there was a large number, were treated to an abundance of refreshments in the shape of tea and coffee, cake, etc. During the debarkation of the company a young lad, son of Mr. Samuel Shaw, fell overboard from the deck of the steamer, in consequence of the breaking of the rail against which he and a large number of others were leaning. He fell between the steamer and the barque, and the accident caused intense excitement amongst all on board the vessels, and the crowd of spectators on the wharf. Thanks, however, to the noble conduct of a young man on the steamer, who immediately plunged into the water, the boy was rescued from his perilous position and safely conveyed on board. The gallant act of the young man, whose name we regret we could not learn, was warmly applauded, and we understand that it was proposed to present him with a purse, to be subscribed by the passengers on the barque.

The vessel was launched with everything on board necessary for her voyage to Milwaukie, whither she will proceed today for a cargo of grain.

Previous to the launch of the barque, the schooner Bay of Quinte, which has undergone thorough repairs during the winter, was floated off the ways. She, also, is owned by Capt. Gaskin, and will leave in a day or two for a western port.

City Council - a petition from Henry Asselstine, praying permission to build a scow on the street fronting the Grove Inn. Granted.

p.3 Shipping - The steamer Ottawa, with five barges in tow, arrived yesterday morning from Gananoque, where she lay during the winter. Three schooners, laden with grain, came in during the day and anchored in the stream.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 22, 1863