Kingston Navy Yard Historic Site

View of the bay of Kingston Navy yard
Bay at Kingston Navy Yard

Parks Canada

Quick Facts

Location:
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Significance:
Only Royal Navy base on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812
Designation:
National Historic Site of Canada
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
No

The HMS St. Lawrence was built at this dockyard, the only base of operations for the British Royal Navy on Lake Ontario. The Americans at Sackets Harbor and the British at this dockyard strove to build the largest warships to use in the Battle of 1812. Later to become dubbed “the shipbuilders war” On May 15th 1813 British Commodore James Yeo took control over operations for the Great Lakes Region, and he had plans to attack Sackets Harbor, but the plans never came to fruition.

Last updated: March 12, 2015