The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John Gaskin (Schooner), C80668, 1 Jul 1881

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Oswego, July 23. -- In tow of the tug CHAMPION which arrived yesterday from Kingston, was the new barge JOHN GASKIN, which is the first one built in Canada for the enlarged Welland Canal trade. The keel is laid for another intended to carry 8,000 bushels more than the GASKIN. The latter is calculated to carry 40,000 bushels of corn on a draft of ten feet. Her sides are build of white oak and bottom of bird's eye maple. She is double fastened throughout, and is considered the best hull ever built in Canada. Her model is very fine. Following are the dimensions: Length of keel 175 feet, beam 31 feet; hold 14 feet; sheer 5 feet. She is named after her builder.
      Cleveland Herald
      July 26, 1881
Schooner JOHN GASKIN. Official Canada No. 80668. Of 487 tons register. Built Kingston, Ont., 1881. Home port, Montreal, Que. 165.8 x 31.4 x 12.1 Owned by the Montreal Transportation Company, Montreal, Que.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1886

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John Gaskin (Schooner), C80668, 1 Jul 1881