The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Constance (Cutter), 19 Oct 1891


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NO CHANCE FOR FISH STORIES
Thanksgiving day at Owen Sound, Ont., was celebrated by the launching of the government cruiser CONSTANCE from the Polson's ship yards. There was a great turnout of townspeople and residents of the surrounding district, and the boat was greatly admired, as she deserved to be. The CONSTANCE is 125 feet long, 19 feet 8 inches beam, and is 11 feet 3 inches depth of hold. Her draught is 9 feet 6 inches. The compound vertical engines have cylinders 18 and 36 inches in diameter, with a 24-inch stroke. The boilers are 10 feet 9 inches in diameter, and 10 feet 8 inches long. They will carry 115 pounds of steam pressure. There are two masts, carrying a schooner rig, and she will mount three guns. The stem is somewhat peculiar in these waters, being modeled somewhat after the British man-of-war. The CONSTANCE has a turtle deck, and forward is the deck house for the accommodation of the captain. The saloon and officers' quarters are 'tween decks aft and the crew's quarters are 'tween decks forward, where also are the storerooms and fresh water and ammunition rooms. A high rate of speed is expected, and the yacht-like model and graceful lines warrant the belief that this expectation will be realized. The CONSTANCE will be commanded by Capt. E. Dunn, of the fisheries service. She is to be used entirely for the protection of fisheries on the Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 19, 1891

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The Polson Iron Works of Owen Sound, Ont., a few days ago launched a cruiser for the Canadian government. The boat is named CONSTANCE and is 125 feet long, 19 feet 8 inches beam, and 11 feet 3 inches depth of hold. Her drought is 9 feet 6 inches. The compound vertical engines have cylinders 18 and 36 inches in diameter, with a 24 inch stroke. The boilers are to feet 9 inches in diameter and to feet 6 inches long. They will carry 115 pounds pressure. There are two masts, carrying a schooner rig, and she will mount three guns. The stern is modeled after the style of the British man-of-war.
      The Marine Review
      November 19, 1891

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      CANADIAN REVENUE CUTTERS
      The Government About to Place New Cruisers on the Upper Lakes
Ottawa, March 7. - The Dominion Government is about to place three new cruisers on the upper lakes. One will be located on Lake Superior and one at least on Lake Huron. These boats, it is claimed, are intended solely as revenue cutters to protect the fisheries of these lakes from illegal and destructive gill and pound nets. Hon. Mackenzie Bowell, Minister of Militia, being seen on the subject, denied that this was in violation of the Washington treaty, which allows a certain number of boats to be maintained in these waters by each nation. These cruisers, he explained, will merely be fast, light boats. They will not be heavily armed, but will carry simply the light armament necessary for their own protection. There is no intention, he claims, either on the part of England or Canada to violate the treaty in any way, nor would the substitution of the old boats by new ones have that effect. The CONSTANCE is 125 feet in length and one of the new vessels with a ram bow, and special attention has been paid to the arrangement of her bunkers in order to protect her machinery from shock. Two vessels of the CONSTANCE type are now afloat. This type of vessel is more formidable than any of the revenue cutters of the United States and the fact that England is building these semi-war ships for the lake service has not escaped official attention.
      Detroit Free Press
      March 8, 1892




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launch, Owen Sound
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1891
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McN.E.270
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English
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William R. McNeil
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Constance (Cutter), 19 Oct 1891