Fonds 980.059, 016.008 - Fisheries and Oceans Canada Fonds

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada Fonds

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CA MMBC 980.059, 016.008

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  • 1932, [ca. 1960s-1980s] (Creation)

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Canadian Coast Guard (1962 -)

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A variety of agencies have maintained aids to navigation and provided coastal rescue services since long before Confederation. The Canadian Coast Guard was established in 1962 to take over the functions of the former Marine Service of the Department of Transport. It operated as part of the Department of Transport until 1994 when it was transferred to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. In 2005 the Canadian Coast Guard was designated as a “special operating agency” to give it greater autonomy under Fisheries and Oceans. Unlike the armed coast guards of some other nations such as the United States, the Canadian Coast Guard is a government marine organization without naval or law enforcement responsibilities. However, Coast Guard vessels can carry law enforcement personnel from other departments like the RCMP.

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada (1979 -)

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The Department of Marine and Fisheries, created on July 1, 1867, was legally responsible for the seacoast and inland fisheries of the new dominion.

When British Columbia entered Confederation in 1871, the federal government recognized the need for a strong presence in the Pacific region to monitor fisheries and oceans. The Department established a headquarters in Victoria, and by 1875, the Dominion Commissioner of Fisheries recommended that the Fisheries Act be applied to British Columbia. In the following year, a proclamation was issued, extending the Act.

The Government Organization Act of 1979 resulted in the creation of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, under which the federal government's fisheries management and ocean science programs are now jointly located. The Constitution Act, 1982 reinforced this mandate by granting the Department federal jurisdiction over fisheries, public harbours, and navigation. Today, the mandate still calls for the Department to manage Canada's waterways so that they are clean, safe, productive, and accessible -- to ensure sustainable use of fisheries resources, and to facilitate marine trade and commerce.

(see also Department of Marine and Fisheries)

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Collingwood Shipyards Limited (1882 - 1986)

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Shipyard in Collingwood, Ontario that built over 200 ships.

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The slides originated from Canadian Coast Guard Association records at Victoria Coast Guard Base.

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Fonds consists of documents relating to DGS William J. Stewart including a radio inspection certificated dated 8 April 1975, an inspection certificate dated 29 January 1971, a principal particulars list, a general arrangement plan drawn by Collingwood Shipyards Limited, and a certificate of British Registry (cancelled) dated 28 April 1932.

Fonds also includes a collection of scanned slides of Canadian Coast Guard Vessels from the 1960s to 1980s.

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Donated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 18 June 1980, and by Robin Connelly, 25 May 2016.


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  • English

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Digital files stored in folder Collections -> Archives -> Born Digital Collection -> Fisheries and Oceans Canada Fonds -> CCG Vessels

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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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15 September 2018

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