For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
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.