The History of the STADACONA

Originally named Columbia, this large yacht was purchased from her New York owner and commissioned on August 13, 1915, for patrol duty out of Halifax. She was also for a time flagship at Halifax of Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Kingsmill. Early in 1919, Stadacona was sent round to the west coast and, after brief service as a dispatch vessel, paid off March 31, 1920. After a few years' employment as a fisher patrol and hydrographic survey vessel, she was sold in 1924. She then achieved a degree of notoriety as a rumrunner's depot ship under the name Kuyakuzmt. In 1929 she was rebuilt at Vancouver and once again became a yacht, successively named Lady Stimson and moonlight Maid. In 1941 she became a towboat, and served the U.S. government as such for a time in 1942. She was burned for salvage at Seattle in January, 1948.

STADACONA Statistical Data

  • Pendant:
  • Type: Armed Yacht
  • Class:
  • Displacement: 682 tonnes
  • Length: 196.4 ft
  • Width: 33.5 ft
  • Draught: 11 ft
  • Speed: 12 kts
  • Compliment: 62 Officers and Crew
  • Arms: 1 - 4"
  • Builder: Crescent Shipyard,Elizabeth, N.J.
  • Keel Laid:
  • Date Launched: 1899
  • Date Commissioned:
  • Paid off:

Keywords: HMCS STADACONA, Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Armed Yacht, Class