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Former Yacht CZARINA

Former Yacht EMELINE

Former Yacht FLORENCE

HMCS Florence

DND /RCN Photo


Launched: 1903

Commissioned: 19 Jul 1915

Paid off: 21 Sep 1916

Fate: Reported lost Jan 1917


Built by Crescent Shipyard, she was riginally named Czarina, then later Emeline. In 1910, she was bought by John Eaton, who brought her to Toronto. He presented Florence to the RCN, which commissioned her on 19 Jul 1915, and for most of the ensuring year she served as guard ship at Saint John, N.B. and patrol vessel in the Bay of Fundy. However, she proved to be unsuitable and was paid off in Aug 1916. Later that year Florence was sold to buyers in Martinique and is said to have been lost in the Caribbean in Jan 1917. Her specifications on commissioning were: Displacement: 257 tons: Length: 144 feet, Beam: 22.5 feet; Draught: 7.5 feet; Speed: 12 knots; Armament: 1-3 pdr. 


Commanding Officers

A/Lt Herbert Benyer, RNCVR - 19 Jul 1915 - unk



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Denyer, Herbert