Chaffey's Lock - 1833
Lock, Waste Weir &c at Chaffey's Mills, Sketched 1833
Thomas Burrowes, watercolour over pencil
(Archives of Ontario - from Passfield, 1982)

The painting shows the lock in the middle of the channel, with the waste weir on the left side. Stop logs, which regulate the flow through the weir, can be seen above the weir. The cabins in the background, part of the original construction camp, are being used by the lock staff.

About this Painting: This painting one of about 80 known paintings of the Rideau Canal done by Thomas Burrowes. They are held by the Archives of Ontario. The set came from a private collection discovered in an attic in Detroit in 1907 (gifted to the Archives of Ontario by A.H.D. Ross in 1948). The set is incomplete, many paintings are missing. They were painted by Thomas Burrowes who started work as a surveyor on the Rideau Canal in 1826 and became an Overseer of Works. When the canal was completed, he became Clerk of the Works for the southern section of the canal, settling in Kingston Mills and working until his retirement in 1846. His paintings date from 1827 to 1861.

Read about the history of this lockstation

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