History of Davis lockstation

Rideau Canal National Historic Site

Specifications of the lockstation

Single lock with a lift of 2.7 m (8.9 feet).

The Construction of the lockstation

The original contractor for Davis was Donald McLever. He went bankrupt in 1829 and the job was completed by a partnership of Robert Drummond (contractor for Kingston Mills) and John Haggart (contractor for Chaffeys).

Davis lockstation is situated 7 km (4.3 miles) upstream from Jones Falls and, prior to construction, was the location of a sawmill established by William Davis Jr. in about 1818-1820. Similar to several other mill sites along the Rideau, Davis' mill was bought out by Colonel By and destroyed by the construction of the canal.

Structures of the lockstation

Lockmaster's House: The defensible lockmaster's house is a single storey stone building with later additions to accommodate the needs of lockmasters and their families.

Engineering Structures: The lockstation consists of a single lock to move boats between Sand Lake and Opinicon Lake. In conjunction with the lock, a 4.9 m (16 foot) high dam was built to raise the water level in Opinicon Lake, along with a waste weir to regulate the water level above the dam.

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