Britannia at War: Proud Home of the 5th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, D Squadron

How it must have thrilled the stout hearts of Britannia when on May 23rd, 1872, the Dominion of Canada commissioned the raising of the 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, an Ottawa based Cavalry Troop. How much more so when they learned that D Squadron would be based in Britannia! Quarterly Militia List of the Dominion … Continue reading Britannia at War: Proud Home of the 5th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, D Squadron

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The late, great “Britannia Flying Field”

On August 23, 1930 the Ottawa Journal carried a fascinating story about how Monarch Airways of Ottawa had delivered their first glider to their flying field in Britannia "...where experienced instructors are available for the teaching of this art of flying."1 Say What? Yup, that what it says, and the glider was delivered to one "Arnold … Continue reading The late, great “Britannia Flying Field”

Britannia Myth and Memory; the Squirrels and the Yohawks

Growing up in Britannia in the 1960s and 70s there was a certain accepted wisdom that Britannia and/or the west end was a relatively "tough" neighbourhood. The noteriety was based particularly on the reputation of two fearsome gangs, the Squirrels and the Yohawks; Britannia's version of the Jets and the Sharks, or the Crips and … Continue reading Britannia Myth and Memory; the Squirrels and the Yohawks

No, really, it’s the Ann Sisson

Updated: Since this post was written the archives of “The Ottawa Citizen” (1898-2018) and “The Ottawa Daily Citizen” (aka “The Packet” 1846-1897) have become available. New/different information appears as block quotes through the body of the article. A little over a year ago I learned that the steamship Ann Sisson had been beached and abandoned in Britannia … Continue reading No, really, it’s the Ann Sisson