Fonds 982.001.0001-0009, 984.039.0001-0005, 986.002.0001-0006 - D.B. MacPherson Fonds

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D.B. MacPherson Fonds

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CA MMBC 982.001.0001-0009, 984.039.0001-0005, 986.002.0001-0006

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  • 1915-1962 (Creation)

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1.75 cm of textual records. -- 3 photographs.

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MacPherson, D.B. (b.1899)

Biographical history

Captain Donald Boucher MacPherson worked for Victoria Tug Co., Island Tug & Barge, and spent 15 years as master on the Kootenay Lake Ferry System. During WWII, he was warrant officer serving as skipper for the R.C.A.S.C.

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The fonds contains service records, personal documents, and correspondence of Captain Donald Boucher MacPherson during his time with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps and while working in marine towing and salvage.

1. Canadian Army (active) tradesmen’s qualifications for D.B. McPherson, dated 4 February 1946.
2. Letter of recommendation for D.B. MacPherson from the Department of National Defense, signed by C.G. Matthews, Major, Officer Commanding, Water Transport Coy, R.C.A.S.C., dated 12 February 1946.
3. Canadian Army (active) Discharge Certificate for D.B. MacPherson, dated 4 February 1946.
4. Permanent and sleeping out pass for unit: R.C.A.S.C. Water Transport, P.C, issued to D.B. MacPherson, dated 24 August 1943.
5. Alien Registration receipt card and certificate of nationality of seamen, for D.B. MacPherson, dated 2 July 1940.
6. Certificate of competency as master of a Steam Tug Boat in the coasting trade issued to D.B. MacPherson dated 12 April 1923. Also has handwritten note in top corner dated 19 May 1947.
7. Certificate from the minister of national defense appointing D.B. MacPherson to the rank of Sergeant Major (skipper) Warrant Officer Class 1 beginning 1 September 1944, dated 4 July 1946, signed by A. Ross, Deputy Minister of National Defense. Also has two badges stapled to each corner.
8. Certificate of competency as master of a passenger tug boat in the coasting trade issued by the minister of Marine and Fisheries for the Dominion of Canada for Donald McPherson (born 15 April 1857, died 15 April 1930). (Perhaps D.B. MacPherson’s father?), dated 15 January 1906.

1. Correspondence addressed to D.B. Macpherson from:
a. The Department of Public Works dating from 1951 to 1952
b. The Alaska Steamship Company dating to 1958
c. The Department of Highways and Greyhound Lines of Canada Limited dating to 1962
2. And, a letter from D.B. Macpherson, recipient unknown, describing 3 attached photographs.

1. Testimonial of sea service of D.B. MacPherson, signed December 1919.
2. 5 certificates of service for seamen of Canadian Coasting or Inland Vessels for D.B. MacPherson for work on B.C. Coast Towing, dating from 1915 to 1923.
3. 10 letters of reference written by Victoria Tug Co., Limited, Headquarters Pacific Command, Department of National Defence, and Island Tug & Barge regarding the service of D.B. MacPherson, dating from 1919 to 1923.
4. 4 letters between D.B. MacPherson and the Department of Public Works, Victoria regarding employment, dating to 1947, and 1 receipt for a payment made by D.B. MacPherson 29 April 1947.
5. 6 letters from the Department of Public Works, Victoria dating from 1951 and 1952.
6. Letter from the Department of Highways dated 23 April 1962.

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Donated by Captain D.B. MacPherson, 2 December 1981.


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  • English

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MMBC off-site storage.

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All requests for use must be made through the MMBC Research Request program ( Please note that fees may apply.

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RAD, July 2008 version, Canadian Council of Archives.


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2 February 2018

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