Long Island Locks, Chapman's Mills, Dawson's Chapel and Black Rapids
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada



Note:
Arthur Watt's Blacksmith Shop (on the map which is dated 1879) was located at today's Greenbank 
and Jockvale Roads - where the Golf Driving Range is today. The Samuel Collins
house is the stone home being restored at the southern entrance to the Chapman's Mills 
subdivision near Woodroffe Avenue and Highway 16.

October 20, 2002:

March 27, 2003: Hello: I was doing some investigation on an RC church, St. Andrew, which at one time existed on Jockvale Road. I came across the Bytown or Bust website and noticed a map named Long Island Locks, Chapman's Mills and Dawson's Chapel. Would the location of Dawson's Chapel be close to where St. Andrew was, or was going to be? Any info you could forward to me on St. Andrew church would be appreciated. Thanks S. Bosquet ______________________________________ M. Bosquet: Thanks for your e-mail. I'm not sure about St. Andrew's. Dawson's Chapel (that's all I've ever heard it called) was located at the end of what is todays Woodroffe Avenue, where the Jock River enters the Rideau River. Before Woodroffe Avenue existed, Jockvale Road terminated at this location. St. Andrew's is usually associated with Scottish names, and I believe that the Priest, Father Dawson, was Scottish. I'd be interested in verifying that Dawson's Chapel was called St. Andrew's. Before there was a diocese in Ottawa, I think that this area was served by the Kingston diocese after 1826, and before 1826, was served by missionaries from Montreal. The Montreal missionaries established churches along the fur trade and timber trade routes, usually at the junction of two rivers - at Buckingham, Hull, Fitzroy Harbour (or Quyon), and at Fort Coulonge. I think I read somewhere that the first RC church in Bytown was located in a house on Bank Street, in Uppertown, from about 1826 to 1828. This church may also have been called St. Andrew's. In 1832, a wooden church was built where Notre Dame is today, on Sussex Drive. This church was temporarily called St. James. I'd like to find out more about Dawson's Chapel. Maybe someone has some information for us. ... Al
March 28, 2003: Al: The City Beyond, by Dr. Bruce Elliott contains information about Rev. Dawson on page 61-63. I know when I read the Parish Records of St Patrick, Ottawa City it was first called St Andrews R.C.. According to register in 1875 it became St. Patrick's, Ottawa City. This church served the Irish community in Ottawa. Somewhere I read that Rev Dawson holdings where the chapel was located was to be made into a park for the people of Nepean. Kathy Adamson _____________________ also posted on March 27, 2003: Al and Kathy: Thanks for the info. The reason I am interested in old St. Andrew's is that effective Dec 1 2002, a new RC Parish has been started in Barrhaven, and when we were deciding on the name, our pastor Father Bill Penny, (in 2016, he is the pastor at Our Lady of the Visitation), mentioned that he knew of someone who had piece of the original altar (or some other relic) from St. Andrew church that used to be on Jockvale Road...and that he would donate it to our Parish if we named the new Parish St. Andrew. For this (and other reasons, of course), the parishoners chose the name St. Andrew for our new Parish. This is what got me interested in finding out info about the old St. Andrew. The person who has a piece of the old altar I believe is Father Tom Riopelle who is currently at St. Patrick's Fallowfield. I haven't spoken with him yet, but he may be a source of info. Serge
Surnames: Watt, Houlahan Clarke, Dawson, Brophy Berrigan / Bergin Barrhaven Kilroe Chapman Collins Powell The dam at Long Island.
View of the Rideau River from the top of the Long Island dam.
The Samuel Collins House

April 1, 2005: Thanks to Mike Epp for the following: Hi all, The St. Patricks 125th anniversary book does not mention a register. I don't have time to transcribe the small chapter right now, here are some quick excerpts. -Father Dawson was born in Red Haven, Banffshire, Scotland in 1810 and ordained in 1835 -His small chapel on the banks of the Jock River was called St. Margaret's of Jockvale -It was 37' x 21' with a sacristy 11' x 13' -There were 16 pews with a seating capacity of 80, plus a dozen chairs and two benches -There were 45 families who had three miles to travel to the church. Five families from Blacks Rapids, nine from Gloucester and 10 from Manotick (this must have come from some kind of registry?) -Father Dawson died on December 29th, 1884 at 85. -He left the chapel and 30 acres to the diocese. By his will the land was to be used as a playground and could not be sold -Father Sloan from St.Patricks - Fallowfield was sent by the Bishop to inspect and recommended that it be abandoned. It was later sold, with the old chapel being used to store hay, etc. It goes on about the distribution of his personal and Chapel belongings, but nothing of a registry. You would think that with 45 families attending for several decades that there must have been weddings, etc. (I believe that these records were folded into the Notre Dame Basilica records ... Al) "The Kennedy Story" has similar information, adding that it was rented before sold and that Father Dawson is buried at St. Patrick's - Fallowfield. The 1879 Belden map shows this church. Let me know what you find out. Take care, ... Mike
March 31, 2008:
Map of the Village of Long Island, Ontario in 1879 Source: McGill University Digital Maps Village Long Island in 1879

May 22, 2008:
Source: Sarah B. Craig, Hello Nepean, page 61.
Cornelius Driscoll and his family, along with many of the people living at Long Island, attended St. Brigid's Church on the Rideau River south of Manotick. They could travel by boat to church every Sunday. It was a short paddle to the bridge at Manotick where the "Long Reach" begins. The Long Reach is a path of unobstructed boating from Long Island south to Burritt's Rapids. There are no waterfalls or locks through this stretch. ... Al


May 27, 2008:
The Steamship Wanakewan at Long Island Locks, 1920's Source: Gloucester Roots, edited and compiled by Lois Kemp Steamer
Names for search engine: Michael Egan (captain), Mrs. James Rowat, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Harris and Mel Rowat (youngster)
January 25, 2010: Thanks to Anne Burgess who discovered this nugget in the Ottawa Citizen Archives:
Anthony Cullen saves life of William Boon (Boone?) in 1832 at Long Island
Anthony Cullen, 1832 Read the complete article in the Ottawa Citizen of December 23, 1923
Keyword: Thomas McKay
March 25, 2010: Black Rapids is located about half-way between Hog's Back and Long Island, on the Rideau Canal system. Parks Canada maintains these lock stations.
The Locks at Black Rapids Photo Source: Al Lewis, Bytown or Bust Black Rapids Locks, Rideau River, Ottawa, Canada
The Locks at Black Rapids Photo Source: Al Lewis, Bytown or Bust The houses on the left (west) are in Nepean Township. The tall evergreen trees on the right are in Gloucester Township. Black Rapids Locks, Rideau River, Ottawa, Canada

April 14, 2010:
Map of Long Island, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in 1863

April 20, 2010:
Photos taken from the Bridge over the Jock River on Prince of Wales Drive Left Photo: Facing westward, towards Richmond Right Photo: Facing eastward towards the Rideau River Jock River, Ontario, Canada Jock River, Ontario, Canada

September 10, 2010:
Photo Source, below: Rideau Waterway, by Robert Legget Long Island on the Rideau Canal System, Ontario, Canada



February 24, 2014:
Long Island Locks in Winter, Rideau Canal System Long Island Locks in Winter, Rideau Canal System, Ottawa, Canada

December 31, 2014:
Source: Library and Archives Canada Left Painting: Black Rapids Right Painting: Long Island Black Rapids Painting, Rideau Canal System, Ottawa, Canada Long Island Painting, Rideau Canal System, Ottawa, Canada
Long Island Painting, Rideau Canal System, Ottawa, Canada
Long Island Locks on the Rideau Canal System, in winter; (just north of Manotick) Long Island Locks in Winter, Rideau Canal System, Ottawa, Canada
New June 13, 2015:
Here is a better copy of Putnam's 1863 map showing Long Island. Thanks to Mary Quinn for this. Long Island Locks and neighbouring farms in 1863

E-mail Serge Brosquet, Kathy Adamson, Mike Epp, Taylor Kennedy, Ellen Paul, Anne Burgess, Mary Quinn and Al Lewis

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