Series GR-1508 - Papers relating to the Government Committee on ship-building

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Papers relating to the Government Committee on ship-building

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  • 1915-1916 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Executive Council

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Originals, 30 cm

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Papers relating to the Government Committee on ship-building. The committee was formed by Premier Sir Richard McBride in 1915, after considerable lobbying on the part of shipyards, lumber interests, and local Boards of Trade. The committee was chaired by the Minister of Public Works, the Hon. Charles E. Tisdall. In January 1916 the committee issued a circular letter asking ship-owners, builders, brokers, etc. their views as to the best means of developing a merchant marine. The committee received a large number of replies, offering advice on the costs of construction, hull designs, the merits of wooden vs. steel ships, marine engine types, government subsidies, and related issues. The government subsequently introduced the B.C. Shipping Act [BCS, 1916, c. 57] which established the B.C. Shipping Commission, an agency authorized to provide loans, subsidies, and other assistance to the marine industry. The act was repealed in 1922.

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Accession number(s): G84-184A

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