Detroit Free Press
May 3,  1862
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We, for the first time yesterday stepped on board a new bark-rigged vessel fitted out with wire rigging from rail to topgallant mast head, a fit out entirely new on the lakes, this being the first ever introduced. This vessel is called "British Lion," built, we understand, at Kingston, C. W. by Captain Gaskin, who is also master and owner. She is a strong and substantial built craft and doubtless has no equal in that respect on the lakes. Her length is 120 feet over all; beam 25 feet 6 inches; depth 11 feet 7 inches and classes A 1 with star for six years. Captain G. has built her expressly for the Liverpool trade, of which he is justly termed the pioneer, having first built a vessel for that purpose in 1851, and making one or two successful voyages in 1852. He has for years subsequently built a number of other craft, which have been engaged in the same service, realizing large profits thereby. He is now bound to Goderich with his new vessel for a cargo of grain for Kingston. A specimen of the above wire rigging may be seen at the Marine Reporter's office.

NOTE: BRITISH LION was wrecked in a storm on Long Pt, Lake Erie, Oct. 4, 1877