The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), March 8, 1892

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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.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), March 8, 1892