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The Nile Voyageurs 1884-85

The Nile Voyageurs 1884-85

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

The Nile Voyageurs 1884-85

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The City of Ottawa
At Kitchissippi Lookout parking lot
off the Ottawa River Parkway
first right west of Island Park Drive

Coordinates: N 45 23.780 W 75 45.731


Plaque Text

In 1884 the British Government decided to send a military expedition up the Nile River to relieve Major-General Charles Gordon, who was besieged in Khartoum by Mahdist tribesmen. Appointed to command the relieving force, Viscount Wolseley, who had led the expedition to the Red River in 1870, requested the recruitment of experienced Canadian voyageurs. Almost 400 volunteered, including many superb rivermen, and the largest group came from the Ottawa valley area. Commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick C. Denison, they were largely responsible for the successful navigation of the Nile's difficult cataracts, although sixteen voyageurs died on service. The contingent returned to Canada in 1885.

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> Posted November 26, 2011
Funny how they didn't mention the Ojibwa and Mohawks that also made up the Nile Voyageurs.....as these soldiers were not just from Ottawa area.....

> Posted October 7, 2011
Hello, I am a doctoral student finishing my Ph D thesis on the Nile Voyageurs. If you have any interest in this area, any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact me: Anthony P. Michel, nilevoyageur at gmail dot com. You can read an article I published in the historical journal "Social History - Histoire sociale", vol 39, no 77, 2006. Cheers!

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