p.2 The Late Captain Gaskin - Yesterday every respect was paid to the memory of the late Captain Gaskin. Flags were raised half mast on many city buildings, and on all the vessels laid up in port. The deceased Captain was always the first to show the same mark of respect towards others whose departure the public had reason to deplore, and the tribute of yesterday is all the more graceful on that account. The nautical experience of Capt. Gaskin is thus spoken of: -
Captain Gaskin was devotedly attached to his profession, that of a mariner, and it has been mentioned in conversation that in the course of his experience he made some seventy brig ocean voyages. He was among the first, if not indeed the very first, to prove by practical test the possibility of our light draught lake schooners navigating the Atlantic without alteration of build of rig. Previous to the voyage of Captain Gaskin's schooner, the Cherokee, a Canadian inland built vessel, had crossed the ocean, but she underwent a complete metamorphosis at Quebec, and her rigging was changed to that of a regular sea-going vessel. The Cherokee, however, built at the shipyard at Kingston, underwent no such changes, but made a successful voyage under the command of the deceased captain, and was sold in Liverpool to advantage. This was the beginning of ocean shipbuilding enterprise in Upper Canada. The City of Toronto was next built in Toronto, and made an Atlantic voyage. Captain Gaskin afterwards built ships of large tonnage at Kingston, sailed them to Liverpool and sold them in the English market. Latterly, however, he confined himself to the ship-owning and management of lake craft, some of which, as the Robert Gaskin and British Lion, were built under his own superintendence, and have been sailed by him on different voyages. He was enterprising both as a shipmaster and shipbuilder; for example he introduced among our lake marine the iron wire standing rigging first brought out in England. His loss will be very much deplored not simply in Kingston, but by merchants and shippers in all the Lake ports, and by the nautical profession of the lakes.