Originally a three masted wooden barque she was launched at Kingston, Ontario on April 21, 1863 as a 132.6 ft. x 26.3 ft. x 11.3 ft. with a cargo capacity of 20,000 bushels. In 1889 the Gaskin was being used as a salvage barge to help salvage the railroad ferry Armstrong that had sunk. During this process the Gaskin had been sunk three times, with the third time being the final time. A large anchor is located off the bow towards shore about 40 ft. from the Gaskin and adds to the site.
Almost a must for visiting divers, the Robert Gaskin sits a half mile downstream from the Brockville waterfront and river focal point, Blockhouse Island” and lies perpendicular to the current at a 55 ft. depth at the bow, and 70 ft. at the stern which sticks out towards the channel and shipping lane. The upstream shipping channel is very close to the stern and caution is advised.
Dive site description
|Lake / river||St. Lawrence River||Official name||Robert Gaskin|
|GPS Coordinates|| N44 35.3580|
|Also known as||–|
|Min. / max. depth||55-65 ft||Propulsion||Sail|
|Visibility||20-40 ft +||Cargo||n/a|
|Current||Mild||Built by / at||n/a|
|Level||Intermediate||Built / lauch date||April 21st, 1863|
|Thermocline||No||Sunk / flooded||September 18th, 1889|
|Bottom type||Silt||Dimensions||132 ft x 26 ft 11ft|