Naval Shipyards York

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HM Naval Shipyards, York
Flag of the Navy Board 1801 to 1832.jpg
Part of North America Station
York, Ontario, Upper Canada in Canada
TypeNaval Base and Naval Dockyard
Site information
OwnerHM Government
OperatorRoyal Navy
Controlled byNavy Board
Site history
In use1790-1813
Installation information
OccupantsProvincial Marine

Naval Shipyards York was a royal naval dockyard facility and naval base on Lake Ontario at York, Upper Canada. It was established in 1790 and remained operational until 1813 when it was abandoned by the Royal Navy.[1]


In 1790 Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe decided to establish a small naval shipyard and operated before the town of York was populated and up to the War of 1812.[2] The yard was on the western edge of the town (east of the Fort Rouille) and located south of Front Street on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Ships were built along the sand shores using the trees from the forests inland and launched into Toronto Bay. While shipbuilding resumed in York, Upper Canada (and later in Toronto), the naval yards did not build any other navy ships after 1813 and abandoned and likely moved to a safer and more protected location in Kingston Naval Dockyard.


  1. Filey, Mike (1992). Toronto Sketches: The Way We Were. Toronto, Canada: Dundurn. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-4597-1093-1.
  2. Filey. p.34.