The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Nov. 19, 1891

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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 in 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.

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The "government boat" CONSTANCE was built as a fisheries protection cruiser. She was sold to private owners in Nova Scotia in 1919 (C#100412) and was still operating in 1923. She was not removed from Canadian registry until 1966, but it's not known if she actually was used up to that time. She had a ram bow and an odd appearance reminiscent of pre-WWI torpedo boats. The second and third vessels were named CURLEW and PETREL, built at the same place in 1892 and were very similar. See Historical Collections of the Great Lakes for photos.
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Nov. 19, 1891
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Nov. 19, 1891