Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | August 26, 2015

Cornwall Photographs of the Week. Cornwall drydocks.


A postcard showing the dry docks looking west.

The 1900 CORNWALL FREEHOLDER SOUVENIR had this to say about the dry dock.

Cornwall is fortunate in the possession of an excellent dry dock, which is a great accommodation to vessel owners and navigators, and gives employment to quite a number of men.  In fact during the winter months it is a regular ship-yard and contains from a dozen to a score of steamers, tugs, dredges etc., either in course of construction or undergoing extensive alterations and repairs.


Mrs. Lee and Jessie G. Williams at the western end of the dry dock, 1913.

At this season it is as valuable to the town as a small factory.  The dry dock is very conveniently situated in the old canal, only a short distance from lumber yards and machine shops.  It was constructed in 1897.



One of the old locks was raised to the level of the one above it and the basin between the two made an excellent dry dock, about 300 feet long and 200 feet wide, with ample room to harbour a large fleet of vessels of the largest size that navigate this part of the St. Lawrence.


Late 1940s, photo by Marcel Quenneville.

During the season of navigation the dry dock is rarely without one or more craft undergoing repairs.  Before it was built all this work was done either in Kingston or Montreal.


The dry dock and the Cornwall Canal , 1940s.


The Cornwall Canal and dry dock early 1950s.

Pointe Maligne is on the left hand side and was maintained as park land by the Federal Government.  The Pointe was the original French name for the north bank of the river along the shoreline that became the of City of Cornwall.  It was a geographic location only and the area was not settled until the arrival of the United Empire Loyalists in the summer of 1784.


This is a small sample of the photographs depicting the Cornwall Canal in the collection at the Cornwall Community Museum, available for viewing Wed. to Sun., 11 am to 4 pm.



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