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Navy Island

Navy Island

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted November, 2009

Navy Island

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted March, 2011

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The City of Niagara Falls
In a parking area on the east side of the Niagara Parkway
4.0 km south of the bridge over the Welland River in Chippawa


Coordinates: N 43 02.645 W 79 01.053

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Plaque Text

The British used Navy Island from 1761 to 1764 as a shipyard in which to build the first British decked vessels to sail the upper lakes. These were essential in maintaining the supply lines westward during Pontiac's uprising, 1763-4. Thereafter the island remained undisturbed until 14 December 1837 when William Lyon Mackenzie, after being defeated at Toronto, led a "Patriot" army from Buffalo to occupy it. Swift reaction by local militia and British regulars prevented his moving to the mainland and on 14 January 1838, facing a hopeless situation, he abandoned the island.

Related Ontario plaques
Mackenzie's Crossing 1837
The Destruction of the Caroline, 1837

Related Toronto plaque
William Lyon Mackenzie 1795-1861

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