The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Sep 1895

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p.1 Incidents of the Day - A meeting of the Canadian marine association will be held at Ottawa, tomorrow, to confer with the minister of railways and canals on matters of interest to the Canadian marine. Capt. Gaskin will attend.


He Was Washed Overboard From The Barge Selkirk.

About seven thirty o'clock last evening Capt. John Gaskin received the following telegram from Capt. Archibald McMaugh, commander of the steamer Bannockburn: "Christy Gaskin lost overboard off the Selkirk when abreast of Hare Island, close to Thunder Cape. Body might wash on the shore. Returned and left Tom at Port Arthur. You can instruct him what to do. Archibald McMaugh."

The telegram was dated from Port Arthur. The Tom referred to is a son of Capt. John Gaskin, and is second officer on the steamer Bannockburn which towed the Selkirk and Winnipeg. Hare Island is about twenty miles from Port Arthur and is just within shelter of Thunder Cape. The accident, therefore, must have occurred early in the afternoon.

Although a bricklayer by trade, deceased has followed sailing for more than twenty-five years. He holds master's papers but never had charge of a boat, preferring the less responsible position of mate. For a long period he sailed out of Buffalo, where he was well known as a thorough and trustworthy sailor. He was first officer of the vessel from whose deck he was swept by the element he so long and successfully plowed. He held similar positions on many of the largest sailing crafts on the inland seas.

Deceased was about forty-nine years old and unmarried. He was the second son of the late Capt. John Gaskin, and his is the first death in the family. Capt. Gaskin's son will remain at Port Arthur and use every means possible to recover the body of his uncle. If found, and in condition to allow of it, the remains will be brought to this city for internment.

A telegram from Port Arthur says Mr. Gaskin was lost while engaged in repairing the Winnipeg's bulwarks, damaged by the gale. No one saw him disappear.


H. McMaster has been appointed mate on the schr. Annandale.

The schr. Annandale cleared light last night for Oswego to load coal.

The tug Walker has two barges in Oswego loading coal for Kingston.

The schr. Annie Falconer will get away for Oswego tomorrow to load coal.

Passed Port Colborne: Str. Algonquin, West Superior to Kingston, wheat.

The schr. Loretta Rooney is in from Oswego with coal for K. & R. Co.

The schr. Fleetwing is on her way across the lake with coal for Kingston.

The str. Persia from Hamilton and the str. Algerian from Montreal reported at Swift's dock today.

The Connolly Bros.' new dredge, building here, will be ready to be launched in about another week.

Grain business is slack with the forwarding companies. Very little grain is arriving from the west. Low water is one of the reasons. However it is expected a rush will occur when the Manitoba grain begins to move eastward.

p.4 General Paragraphs - A telegram from Port Arthur says Mr. Gaskin was lost while engaged in repairing the Winnipeg's bulwarks, damaged by the gale. No one saw him disappear.


Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Sept. 25th - The schr. A.W. Comstock, Capt. W. McArthur, foundered off Stannard Rock, Lake Superior, at seven o'clock, Monday morning. Her crew of eight men took to the lifeboats, and were tossed about in the heavy sea until ten o'clock, when they were rescued by the steamer John J. McWilliams. Capt. McArthur was badly hurt, having one leg and three ribs broken. The crew left for Lake Erie on the McWilliams. The lost vessel was in tow of the steam barge Viking, which also had the schooner W.K. Moore in tow. The Moore had all her sails blown away and narrowly escaped foundering. The Comstock was laden with 50,000 bushels of wheat. She was valued at $45,000, and was fully insured.

Wrecked Off Mackinaw.

Mackinaw City, Mich., Sept. 25th - The Queen City, a schooner owned by C.E. Benham, of Cleveland, and valued at $18,000, was wrecked on Hog Island reef Monday. The crew were rescued by the Beaver Island life-savers after a night of suffering in the rigging and were brought here today. The schooner had a crew of seven men.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Sep 1895