The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Mar 1908

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The Veteran Alderman Has Passed Away.

born in Kingston in 21840; parents were Robert Gaskin and Margaret Burton; "....he went on board the steamer Scotland, then commanded by Capt. F. Patterson, who gave him his first education in steamboat matters. After that he held positions of responsibility on the steamers Huron, George Moffatt, Brantford, and Ranger, all owned by the late firm of Henderson & Holcomb, forwarders. On the last named boat he held the position of captain for two years. A period of five years elapsed between the time when he commenced sailing and the time when he became captain of the Ranger...." at 24 years of age; was running Ranger down St. Lawrence river during year of Fenian raid (1866); that fall the Ranger was lost on Lake Erie on a trip from Toledo to Montreal; he went on steamer Georgian the next year; three years later became connected with Montreal Transportation company and commanded the steamer Bruno; after 2 years she was sold, and he became outside manager of the company in Kingston, and held that position until 1902, when he retired; entered city council in 1876, was mayor in 1882.

Ice Boating Good - only good for a few days this winter.

p.5 The supreme court has allowed the appeal of the Montreal Transportation company vs. the New Ontario Steamship company with costs. This was the Westmount-Neepawah collision case.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Mar 1908