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Eliza Mary (Ship), C32791, 21 Oct 1854

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      LAUNCH---Capt. Gaskin's new ship will be launched from the Marine Railway Shipyard on Thursday afternoon. This Ship is about 900 tons measurement. Our country friends should make it a point to come into town on Thursday to see the launch, which will be one of the greatest "sights" Kingston may boast of for some time to come.
      Daily News, Kingston
      October 17, 1854 (Tuesday)
The launch of the new ship at the Marine Railway, which was to have taken place this afternoon, has been deferred until Saturday.
      Daily News, Kingston
      October 19,1854 (Thursday)

      LAUNCH -- Capt. Gaskin's new ship was launched on Saturday. The weather was all that could be desired, and every available point from which to see the noble vessel move off was occupied. A large company had also assembled on board the ship, on which was stationed the excellent band of the Canadian Rifles. The large number of vessels in harbour, at the wharves or anchored in the bay, with their bunting displayed in honor of the occasion, added much to the interest of the whole scene. Shortly after 3 o'clock, the signal having been given to cut away, the sbip moved off and glided rapidly into the water, receiving, as she started on the ways, the name of "ELIZA MARY". Miss Gaskin performed the ceremony of christening. The launch was one of the most successful that we have witnessed in Kingston, and everybody was pleased with the events of the day.
The ELIZA MARY is a full rigged ship of about 900 tons measurement, and reflects much credit upon her builder, Mr.Thurston. We shall obtain and publish in another issue, the dimensions of this the largest merchant vessel ever built in Upper Canada.
      Daily News, Kingston
      October 23, 1854 (Monday)
Launch of Capt. Gaskin's new vessel the schooner ELIZA MARY, built by Thurston at Kingston, the largest vessel (merchant) ever built in Canada, of 900 tons measurement. 832 tons reg. 187 x 31 x 16 , she is a fully rigged ship and Gaskins 4th. vessel.
      Toronto Globe
      November Ist. 1854
      St. Georges Society (part)--Subsequently, the procession was reformed, and moved on to the foot of William Street, where all embraced in it went on board the new ship ELIZA MARY, those who were not tee-totalers taking a glass of wine with the hospitable Captain. The ship was, in land-lubber's language "dressed from top to toe" with flags in honor of the day. The American flag floated from the fore, while at the peak the French and English Ensigns floated and folded together with the play of a light breeze. Capt. Gaskin was not the only one proud of the good ship ELIZA MARY in her vari-colored dress. AIl the vessels in the harbour had their bunting courteously displayed on the occasion. On leaving the ship the procession passed through some of the principle streets.
      Daily News. Kingston
      October 24, 1854

      The new ship ELIZA MARY, 900 tons, Capt. Gaskin, now at this port will sail from Montreal for Liverpool immediately after the opening of the River navigation.
      For freight or passage (having excellent accommodation for cabin passengers) apply here to Capt. Gaskin, Kingston, March 3
      Daily News, Kingston
      April 26, 1855

capt. Gaskin requests that all accounts against the ship ELIZA MARY, may be presented without delay, for adjustment. May 2, 1855
      Daily News, Kingston
      May 2, 1855
      The ship ELIZA MARY is preparing to leave this port for Montreal, to take in a cargo, and thence for Liverpool
      Daily News, Kingston
      May 3, 1855
      The ship ELIZA MARY left this port for Montreal on Thursday evening -- Two incidents occurred, previous to the departure of the ship, which we have much pleasure in recording, Captain Gaskin, who is a teetotaller in practice, was presented on Tuesday by the Frontenac Division No. 2 of the Sons of Temperance, with a handsome bible which was suitably inscribed, accompanied by an address. And on Wednesday he was presented by Mr. Sheriff Corbett with a splendid red cross flag, accompanied by the following note:-
      Kingston, 3rd. May, I855
      Dear Sir - As you are upon the eve of departure from us with your noble vessel, tbe ELIZA MARY, I should wish you to carry with you some testimonial from myself, of my respect and esteem for your enterprising character, and my personal esteem for you. Allow me, therefore, to request your acceptance of the flag herewith sent. It is the flag of
St. George, the red cross of old England, which, when it floats at the mizzen of the ELIZA MARY, will ever warm your heart to your native land, while I hope it will sometimes recall to you a thought of your old friend, Thomas A.8 Corbett To which Capt. Gaskin replied-
      My Dear Sheriff -- Upon the eve of my departure from this the country of my adoption, notbing has more gratified me than your handsome and patriotic present. The St. Georg's Cross is now waving over the ship ELIZA MARY, and I trust she will live through the brimy deep to have it wave again in the harbours of our dear Old England, and should if it be my good fortune to send her to the Crimea, as I expect I shall try to do, I trust that your well deserving and respected sons may behold the brave old banner and know that it carne from and was presented by one whose whole heart flutters for the success of his native land.
Wishing you my dear Sheriff, every health and happiness, believe me your truly and sincere friend. R. Gaskin
      Daily News Kingston
      May 5, 1855

      We are pleased to learn that the ship ELIZA MARY reacbed Montreal in safety yesterday morning.
      Daily News, Kingston
      May 8, I855 (Tuesday)

Ship ELIZA MARY, the largest vessel to pass through the St. Lawrence Canals is on her way to Great Britain.
      Toronto Globe
      May 15, 1855

      The fourth vessel built at Kingston by Capt. Gaskin, arrived at Montreal a few days ago. She is named the ELIZA MARY, and is the largest vessel which has yet passed through the canals -- her tonnage registering 632 tons. Her dimensions are: Length 187 feet, beam 31 feet, hold 16 ½ feet. Before she started on her return trip, Capt. Gaskin was presented with a set of colors for the vessel by the citizens of Kingston. -- Toronto Globe
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      May 16, 1855
      The ship ELIZA MARY of this port, arrived at Liverpool on the 29th. June. She sailed from Quebec on the 27th. May.
      Daily News, Kingston
      July 14, 1855

      SHIP "ELIZA MARY" -- The arrival of the ELIZA MARY (built Kingston) at Liverpool we have already announced. We have now much pleasure in laying before our readers a copy of the address by a number of ladies and gentlemen who went home in this ship, presented to Capt. Gaskin, when the ELIZA MARY arrived in the Mersey.
      Ship ELIZA MARY, St. George's Channel, 27th. June,I855
      To Captain R. Gaskin, Owner and Commander:
      Dear Sir:- We should do injustice to our feelings, were we not, in parting, to express to you our high sentiments of esteem and regard. Perhaps few of us can duly appreciate your seamanship, on which practical men have already decided, yet all your courtesy and kindness so invariably bestowed on us. Qualified men alone can judge of the
merits of the good ship herself, yet, none of us can be insensible to the comforts which we have enjoyed on board. We part with regret, convinced how much of that success in our mutual endeavour to promote each others happiness during the voyage from Kingston (Canada west) to Liverpool, has arisen from the influence of your example, as well as that of Mrs. Gaskin. We cordially wish Mrs. Gaskin and you every desirable blessing. May your successful enterprise in conducting the first ship from a port nearly one thousand miles from the sea to Europe, meet the reward which, in a mercantile point of view, it deserve
      Truly your friends
      R.V. Rodgers, Minister, St. James', Kingston
      Wm. Holditch, J.P. Frontenac, Canada vest
      Wm. Van Abbott , Montreal, Canada East
      Randolph Delmont, New Orleans, United States
      Henry Nottingham, Kingston, Canada West
      Alex. S. Kirkpatrick, Kingston, Canada West
      Tebee Gordon
      M.W. Holditch
      John Wright, England
      M.F. Owens and Daughter
      A. Greenwood
      S.E. Rowe
      Elizabeth Brodie Gordon
      Cabin passengers
      Daily News, Kingston
      August 6, 1855 (Monday)

      PORT OF QUEBEC -- Shipping Register
      Port Number- II of 1855
Type Ship
Official Number 32791
Tonnage 651.47
When built 1855
Where built Kingston
Builders name & date of certificate:- John Counter, March 20, 1855
Date of registration at port of Quebec:- May 18,1855
Description of vessel:-
Length 168 feet & 2 tenths
Breadth 30 feet & 2 tenths
Depth of hold 16 feet & 2 tenths
Decks. One
Masts Three
Stern. Square
Bowsprit Standing
How rigged Ship
Figurehead Scroll head
How built Carvel. Framework & planking, wood
Present Master Joseph E. Dutton
Subscribing owners :- Robert Gaskin of Kingston
Tonnage under tonnage deck 583.79
Poop. 55.30
Closed in spaces (house on deck) 12.38
Reg Tonnage : 651.47
      This Vessel Registered in New Registry Under Act of 1854
New Registry gives note of tonnage reduction at Liverpool to 639.9 Tons- the Round House on deck measuring 12.38 has been removed, which reduced the tonnage to the 639.9
      Registered at London January 7th. I857

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The ship ELIZA MARY, Capt. Gaskin, has arrived, at Quebec from Antwerp, with 90 passengers and a miscellaneous cargo. The ELIZA MARY is one of the ships built at the Marine Railway Yard, in this city.
      Kingston Daily News
      May 11, 1857

The ELIZA MARY, Capt. Gaskin's favorite ship, which left Quebec on the 5th. June, arrived at London on the 4th. July, making the passage in 28 days, exclusive of the days of departure and arrival.
      Daily News, Kingston
      July 22, 1857

The Barque ELIZA MARY was under the Swedish flag by 1891
      Record of Canadian Shipping I786-I920
      by Fredrick William Wallace

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Eliza Mary (Ship), C32791, 21 Oct 1854