Fonds 993.019.0001-0006, 0015-0016 - Gerbracht Fonds

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Gerbracht Fonds

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CA MMBC 993.019.0001-0006, 0015-0016

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  • [ca. 1940s-1980s] (Creation)

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7 v. -- 2 maps.

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Canadian Coast Guard (1962 -)

Administrative history

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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Fonds consists of instruction manuals, equipment lists, and maps from the Canadian Coast Guard dating from the 1940s to the 1980s.

1. National Research Council of Canada Radio and Electrical Engineering Division manual for motor driven gas valve for buoys, by H.R. Smyth and A.D. Hood, published in Ottawa May 1957.

2. Canadian Coast Guard standing instructions book published by Department of Transport marine operations branch 1963.

3. Light keepers’ manual published by the Ministry of Transport, 1970.

4. Canadian Coast Guard Western Region Light keepers’ training course book, 1981.

5. Canadian Coast Guard lamp course instruction manual, 1985; and Instruction booklet for installation of Tideland MaxLumina Marine Lanterns.

6. Navigation aids phase 1 automation plan equipment list, published by the Ministry of Transport, Victoria Marine Service.

15-16. Two maps of Delta and Surrey dating to 1943 and 1956.

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Donated by Mr. Ed Gerbracht, 20 April 1993. Ed was responsible for the care of a collection of antiquated Coast Guard equipment. He had been lobbying for the base to start their own museum but, in 1990, he was asked to dispose of the collection which is when he donated it to the Maritime Museum.


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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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21 December 2017

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