Robert Duncan of Port Glasgow, Scotland built 'La Canadienne' as the 'Foxhound'
in 1880. She was 154 feet long, 23 feet beam, 11 feet depth and was 372 gross
tons. She was powered by a single screw, steam compound engine of 60 NHP,
although later may have been re-engined with a triple expansion engine. She was
bought i 1881 and renamed, then used for fisheries patrol and general duties. In
1906 she was transferred to hydrographic survey duties in the lower St. Lawrence
In 1912 she was recommissioned for service in the Great Lakes and left Quebec
June 14.While upbound in the Cornwall Canal on June 17 she collided with the
steamer 'Britanic' coming out of the upper lock, but sustained no serious
damage. However, on June 20 she met with a second and more serious accident
while passing through the Welland Canal. She ran into the Upper Gate Lock No. 22
that did serious damage to her hull and caused her to sink and drown two persons
ashore. She was raised on June 25 in care of the Canal Engineer and taken to
Port Dalhousie for repairs. She sailed from there July 28 for Duck Island in
Lake Huron and did not reach Lake Superior until August 7.
On September 1916, she ran aground in the entrance to Black Bay in Lake
Superior and was taken to the dry-dock at Port Arthur for repairs. This was her
last survey season with the Hydrographic Service. In 1017 her crew were urgently
required for Naval Service elsewhere, and in 1918 she was sold out of Government
Service at Owen Sound.