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Pentanguishene Naval Yard was a Royal Navy yard from 1834 to 1856 in Ontario.

Pentanguishene Naval Yard
Pentanguishene, Ontario
Type Shipyard, dockyard
Built 1813
In use 1813 — 1856
Controlled by Royal Navy
Garrison Lake Huron base for Provincial Marine/RN 1813-1834; British Army base 1834-1856
Battles/wars War of 1812

The yard was originally located at the Wasaga Blockhouse in Drummond Island after the abandonment of Amherstburg Royal Naval Dockyard. Land was acquired in 1798 and a base finally built in 1813, but it was abandoned in 1815. It was reinstated in 1816 and remained on the island until 1834. The base was later re-located near the Nottwasaga River at Discovery Bay in 1816 and served as the Lake Huron fleet of the Provincial Marine until 1834. The navy transferred the base to the army and served until 1856. The base also served northwestern supply routes and provided general surveillance of the upper Great Lakes.

The navy base and army depot comprise 15 buildings, including:

  • officers barracks
  • warehouses
  • offices
  • King's Wharf
  • 3 storehouse

Vessels built or stationed here:

  • Bee - gun boat
  • Minos - gun boat
  • Mohawk - steamer
  • Tecumseh - schooner
  • Newash - brigantine
  • Mosquito - gunboat
  • Wasp - gunboat
  • unnamed frigate 1814

The base is now rebuilt as part of the Penetanguishene's Historic Naval and Military Establishment.

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