Fonds PR-2105 - Department of Transport fonds

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Department of Transport fonds

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  • 1888-1965 (Creation)
    Canada. Department of Transport

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14.23 m of textual records

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The Dept. of Transport was established by the government of Canada in 1936 by the Department of Transport Act (SC 1936, c. 34). The department was the result of the merger of the former Dept. of Marine and Dept. of Railways and Canals plus the addition of the Civil Aviation Branch of the Dept. of National Defense. It was responsible for the development and operation of a safe and efficient national transportation system with air, marine and surface programs. Prior to that, the Dept. of Marine was established in 1868 (SC 1868, c. 57), first responsible for all matters related to sea, coast and inland fisheries, then gradually assuming all duties in marine matters. The Dept. of Marine was disestablished in 1936.

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The majority of the fonds consists of records generated by the Victoria office of the Dept. of Transport. The fonds also includes copies of reports of formal investigations into shipping accidents submitted to the Dept. of Transport. The fonds includes documents filed in support of registration of ships and copies of investigation reports. Types of records include correspondence, declarations of ownership, registered court documents, bills of sale, ship registration forms, certificates of survey and inspections, and reports. Records include material from the offices of the Mercantile Marine Shipping Office of Vancouver, B.C. including ships articles, log books, statement of engineers fees from the steamboat inspector and a minute book from the ship Pollalloch (1888-1952); records from the Carmanah Point lighthouse including lightkeepers diaries, lightkeepers journals, diaries of the engineer, engine room diaries, engine room detailed reports, fog signal operating reports, fog signal operating reports, quarterly returns of stores, a notebook containing weather statistics (1891-1965); and a diary from the Fiddle Reef lighthouse (1903-1940).

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Archives code(s): GR-0215, GR-0307, GR-1237.

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Accession number(s): GR-0215 (91-4210); GR-0307

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