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British Lion (Bark), C, 1 May 1862


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NEW STYLE OF VESSEL RIGGING. - We, for the first time, yesterday stepped on board a new bark rigged vessel fitted out with wire rigging from rail to top-gallant mast head, a fit out entirely new on the lakes, this being the first introduced. This vessel is called the BRITISH LION, built, we understand, at Kingston, C.W., by Capt. Gaskin, who is also master and owner. Her length is 120 feet over all; beam 25 feet 6 inches; depth 11 feet 7 inches, and classes A 1 with star for six years. Captain Gaskin has built her expressly for the Liverpool trade. - Detroit Free Trade
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, May 5, 1862
     
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      PORT OF KINGSTON
      Port no. 104
Name BRITISH LION
Type BARQUE
Where she belongs Kingston
Tonnage 276
When built 1862
Where built Kingston
Present master Robert Gaskin
Builders name & date of Certificate: Charles Jenkins, April 16, 1862
Description of vessel.
      Length 123 feet
      Breadth 23 feet & 2 tenths.
      Depth of hold 10 feet & 9 tenths. at amidships
      Masts Three
      Stern Square
      How built Carvel
      Bowsprit Standing
      Figure-head a Lion head
      How rigged Barque
      Decks One, no galleries
      Subscribing owners: - Robert Gaskin of Kingston
      NOTATIONS:-- Register cancelled 15th April 1868 as vessel has been lenthened and otherwise altered
      Signed Register

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      PORT OF KINGSTON
      No. 3 of 1868 Port No. 185
Name BRITISH LION
Type BARQUE
Where she belongs Kingston
Tonnage 293
When built 1862, Lengthened 1868
Where built Kingston, Lengthened at Kingston.
Present master Matthew Patterson
Builders name & date of Certificate: George Thurston, [rebuilder] April 7, 1868
Description of vessel.
      Length 128 feet & 4 tenths.
      Breadth 24 feet & 7 tenths.
      Depth of hold 10 feet & 9 tenths. at amidships
      Masts Three
      Stern Square
      How built Carvel
      Bowsprit Standing
      Figure-head None
      How rigged Barque
      Decks One
      Subscribing owners: -- Robert Gaskin sole owner, on his death his wife Mary Gaskin sold the vessel to John McRae of Wolf Island, dated Feb. 27, 1871, who sold to James Dawson of Sombria, County of Lambton, dated Feb. 27, 1871.
      NOTATIONS. -- Length overall at amidships 126 feet
      Breadth at amidships, below deck at 2/5ths 23 feet & 2 tenths.
     
      WRECKED OFF LONG POINT, LAKE ERIE & BECAME A TOTAL LOSS, CERTICICATE GIVEN UP.
      Letter from James Dawson states vessel went ashore 3 miles east of Long Point on Oct. 4th, 1877, the outfit was saved but the hull was partially covered with quick sand [Nov. 8th. 1877] and was abandoned, at least for that year.

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new vessel
Date of Original:
1862
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McN.E.1047
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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British Lion (Bark), C, 1 May 1862