Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | August 28, 2015

Cornwall Photographs of the Week. Cornwall’s first harbour.


Map of Cornwall, 1906.

With local interest focused on Lamoureux Park and Cornwall’s waterfront there are plans to place a number of historic plaques along the bike path.  Unfortunately the location of some of these proposed plaques are not supported by historical facts.  One of the plaques is meant to be near Cornwall’s historic wharf south of the RCAF Wing building.  This map shows that the original Upper Wharf was south of Augustus Street below the present site of the splash pad and public washrooms.


The Augustus Street swing bridge, circa 1895.  The road to the left led to the Cornwall Wharf.  There are plans to place an activity park over this  historic road.  If you believe that this is a potential you must understand that some of the Park’s planning has ignored the waterfront’s history, and the public washrooms are located on the site of the original 1784 United Empire Loyalist Landing.  As Cornwall was Royal Township number 2, the facilities are known as “The Royal Flush,” making Cornwall perhaps the only City in the world to mark its founding with  a public loo.


An early 20th century photograph of the steamship “Ladysmith” tied up at Cornwall’s Upper Wharf, located below Lamoureux Park’s splash pad.


A World War I era photograph showing steamships lined-up at the Canada Steamship Wharf, along Water Street, adjacent to boat 2.  This postcard clearly shows a number of boat houses on the south bank and the road to the original wharf.scan0066

The Canada Steamship Line’s office is the white building behind the bridge.  This area should be the site of an archaeological dig before any more development takes place.scan0067

An early 20th century postcard looking west along the Cornwall Canal with the Augustus Street swing bridge in the centre and the Stormont Mill on the right.


An aerial photograph of the Cornwall Canal looking east, ca. 1958.  The original Hotel Dieu is on the right, the Stormont Mill on the left and the St. Lawrence Brewery by this time Gordon Refrigeration to the left of the swing bridge.

As hard as it might be to believe, vast amounts of the present day Lamoureux Park were underwater.  The Civic Complex and the Bandshell are both on landfill sites.  The Cornwall Community Museum now stands in the middle of the site of the old Stormont Mill.scan0069

The Cornwall Canal looking west during the early 1950s.  The building with the asterisk is the old powerhouse.  Today only the foundation remains.  The Stormont Mill is in the centre.


An aerial photograph taken in the late 1960s before the Canal was filled in.  On the right you can see that Lamoureux Park is slowing filling out.




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