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HMS Great Florenian
Great Florenian onshore at Afula Docks
Great Florenian onshore at Afula Docks
FlorenianNavyEnsign.png  Florenia
Name Canoe (1999-2020)
Great Florenian (2020–present)
Owner The Crown
Operator Florenian Royal Navy
Builder Great Canadian Canoe Co.
Acquired 1999
Commissioned 1 January 2012
Renamed June 2020
Homeport Afula Docks, Dominion of Afula
Identification FN01
Status In active duty as the
Florenian Royal Navy flagship
Characteristics
Type Canoe
Length 15 ft (4.6 m)
Beam 3.25 ft (0.99 m)
Propulsion 2 manual paddles
Crew 2-4

HMS Great Florenian is a canoe which serves as the flagship of the Florenian Royal Navy. Great Florenian was purchased by Eran of Florenia and Queen Jane during the summer of 1999 for recreational use on Floren Pond while they rented the property which would later become the Dominion of Afula. The canoe has been retained by the the Crown for over two decades, undergoing minor repairs to her hull due to damage caused by the many large shallow rocks in the pond. With the foundation of the Navy on 1 January 2012, Great Florenian entered service as Florenia's sole maritime vessel. On 22 July 2014, the Crown purchased the one-seat kayak HMS Heron and Great Florenian became the Navy's de facto flagship. In June 2020, the vessel was recommissioned with its present name and was granted the official status of flagship.

Great Florenian is 15 ft (4.6 m) long with a maximum width of 3.25 ft (0.99 m). A wooden thwart supports the vessel at its midsection, and a lightly damaged plastic gunwale runs the entire perimeter. The hull has a royal blue exterior, scratched by years of scraping the shallow rocks of Floren Pond and visibly repaired with light-colored strips of tape, and a speckled white interior, similarly repaired. On both sides of the bow hull there is a red maple leaf atop black text reading "Great Canadian," the canoe's manufacturer and the inspiration for the name Great Florenian, encircled by a white roundel. Two lightly-colored wooden paddles around 4 ft (1.2 m) in length are stored with the canoe for use by her operators.

Operation

A two-seat canoe, Great Florenian can operate with a crew numbering between one and four people. The commanding officer usually occupies the aft seat, where they determine and manage the vessel's course using a wooden canoe paddle. Another crew member with a paddle occupies the bow seat position, and one or two additional people can sit on the mid-section of the hull on either side of the single wooden thwart. Those seated on the floor may kneel across the hull's centerline which demarcates the position of the keel, as is customary for canoeing, or sit in an otherwise balanced position. Younger and/or smaller persons normally sit on the hull.

Great Florenian is stored on shore between voyages on Floren Pond. For many years, the canoe was always launched from the dock which sits around 4 ft (1.2 m) above the surface of the pond. This entailed tipping the bow down over the edge of the dock and into the water while pushing it from behind and holding onto a cord to avoid setting the vessel adrift. Crew members would then have to board and disembark rather precariously, hopping down from the dock onto the canoe or vice versa. Dragging the canoe ashore by this method consists in pulling one end of the canoe up onto the dock and then utilizing the dock's edge as a fulcrum to heave the vessel ashore. This method was abandoned in full in March 2020, as it proved far more difficult and less secure than launching from a point on shore a few meters to the left of the dock. Crew members can now board and disembark in shallow waters alongside a large above-surface rock, either stepping into the water or onto the rock. This method is far more balanced and Great Florenian can similarly be launched and pulled ashore much more easily.

Great Florenian is launched recreationally during the late spring, summer, and early fall. Usual navigation routes include waters around and between the Princes Islands, including voyages which have disembarked on all three major islands. Nathan Island is most consistently visited due to its relative accessibility. The passage between Nathan and Zachary Islands is notoriously shallow and difficult to navigate for the vessel, and some of the shallow rocks below the surface are visibly marked with the hull's paint. The same is the case for the immediately surrounding waters of all three islands, particularly Henry Island. The northern shore of the pond and the cove to the east of Henry Island are also frequently visited.

HMS Heron

HMS Heron
FlorenianNavyEnsign.png  Florenia
Name Kayak (2014-2020)
Heron (2020–present)
Owner The Crown
Operator Florenian Royal Navy
Builder Pelican Sports
Acquired 22 July 2014
Commissioned June 2020
Maiden voyage 23 July 2014
Renamed June 2020
Homeport Afula Docks, Dominion of Afula
Identification FN02
Status In active duty
Characteristics
Type Kayak
Length 10 ft (3.0 m)
Beam 2.25 ft (0.69 m)
Propulsion Manual paddle
Crew 1


HMS Heron is a kayak commissioned by the Florenian Royal Navy. Heron was purchased by the Crown on 22 July 2014 for recreational use upon the urging of The Prince Nathan. In June 2020, the vessel was recommissioned with its present name.