Scott & Cranberry Ponds
Google Earth aerial
What Google earth labels as Scott Pond is actually two ponds, Scott Pond is the southerly and larger pond. Going north through a narrows brings you into Cranberry Pond and then to the canal north under Front Street and into the Lonsdale mill yard. North of Front Street today, there is a dam and drop, creating a mill privilege at the site. But in the canal operating era, Scott Pond and Cranberry Pond were higher and the canal was on a level all the way from the southern edge of Scott Pond north into the Blackstone River at Ashton Dam. At the south end of Scott Pond, three locks dropped the canal into the Moshassuck River Valley which the canal followed south into Providence. These locks are now buried or built over.
View south into Cranberry Pond from Front St.
The line of piles in the distance was to be part of a bridge carrying the Southern New England Railroad across the pond.
Closer view south into Cranberry Pond south of Front St.
View south into Cranberry Pond
When the canal was built, the elevation of Cranberry Pond (and Scott Pond) was raised. This caused a mass of existing vegetation to rise an become a well known "floating island".
View northward over Scott
Pond from Walker St, just east of fire station.
This is where the canal entered Scott Pond at the top of three locks.
Valve house on site of canal at
south end of Scott Pond. Flow under here crosses Walker St. to descend to
Moshassuck River. This is the site of Lock 8.
Mill building across Walker St.
from Scott Pond. Building is built on site of Locks 6 & 7
Postcard view of the factories
at Saylesville, RI looking north towards Scotts Pond
The canal route was up the card to the right of the river and left of the railroad. It then climbed the hill through three locks to enter the pond at about the tree that is just to the left of the ice house on the far shore.