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The Wreck of the ROBERT GASKIN

GPS location co-ordinates: latitude N44 35.358 longitude W75 40.625

 

— Brockville Historic Area: The Brock Trail —

 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 21, 2019
1. The Wreck of the ROBERT GASKIN Marker
Inscription.  

Underwater explorers regularly gather about 500 yards offshore from the east-end park known as CENTEEN PARK and about a half-mile down stream from here. Below the water, about 65 feet down, lie the remains of the former two-masted wooden schooner, known as the ROBERT GASKIN. This ship was built by Charles W. Jenkings and launched in Kingston, Ont., on April 21, 1863. She was 132.6 ft. long, 26.3 ft. in beam, with an 11.3 ft. [d]raft and a cargo capacity of 20,000 bushels.

In the latter days of her life, in 1889, the GASKIN was serving as a barge and platform for the raising of another ship, the railway-car steam ferry the WILLIAM ARMSTRONG, which had sunk earlier on the American side of the international border, near Morristown, N.Y.

By accident on September 18, 1889, one of the steam-filled pontoons attached to the sunken ARMSTRONG accidentally broke away from the ship on the bottom and suddenly surged upwards like a torpedo. It struck and punctured the bow of the GASKIN. The salvage vessel sank to the bottom, coming to rest about 30 ft. from the ARMSTRONG. Work now focused on raising the Gaskin with pontoons. However, as it was towed

The Wreck of the ROBERT GASKIN Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 21, 2019
2. The Wreck of the ROBERT GASKIN Marker
toward shore, it slipped to the bottom two more times.

The WILLIAM ARMSTRONG was eventually raised, but the ROBERT GASKIN remained near shore, where it sank for the third time on November 23, 1889.

[Photo caption reads] A diver’s view of one of the large holes on the outside of the ROBERT GASKIN
 
Erected 2006 by City of Brockville, Heritage Brockville, and Brockville Community Foundation.
 
Location. 44° 35.261′ N, 75° 40.86′ W. Marker is in Brockville, Ontario. Marker is on Block House Island Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is on Block House Island. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 Block House Island Road, Brockville, Ontario K6V 4S9, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blockhouse Island (a few steps from this marker); Con Darling (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Blockhouse Island (a few steps from this marker); SS Kingston (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bluenose Visit, 1933 / La visite du Bluenose, 1933 (within shouting distance of this marker); 5 Sunken Treasures in the Brockville Area (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Blockhouse Island

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(within shouting distance of this marker); Brockville Rowing Club Regatta (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brockville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Robert Gaskin (Schooner), C80877, sunk while wrecking, 24 Nov 1889. (Submitted on October 28, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Robert Gaskin, Bow Mooring at Save Ontario Shipwrecks. (Submitted on October 28, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Brockville Heritage Plaque Tour. (Submitted on October 28, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. A Brief History of Brockville. (Submitted on October 28, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. DisastersWaterways & Vessels
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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