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|Creator||Canada. Dept. of Transport.|
|Title||Marine Casualty Investigations : register of investigations into wrecks|
RG 12 B 12
|Document source||Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada|
The Department of Transport was established in 1936 by the government of William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874 - 1950) in recognition of the changing transportation environment in Canada at the time. It merged three departments: the former Department of Railways and Canals, the Department of Marine and Fisheries, and the Civil Aviation Branch of National Defence. Today, Transport Canada (as the department is now known) is a department focused on policy and regulation rather than transportation operation. It is now responsible for aeronautics, navigation, shipping facilities, motor vehicles, ferries, railways and canals connecting provinces or connecting provinces with a foreign country.
This collection consists of a register listing alpha-chronologically the shipping casualties in Canadian waters which resulted either in a preliminary or formal investigation conducted by the Department, or the convening of a coroner's inquest. The information contained in this register includes: name of vessel; date of casualty; nature of casualty; port and registration number; nature of inquiry and by whom; remarks; and the departmental file number for the records of the inquiry, itself, including numbers from the old Department of Marine and Fisheries central registry for the period between 1911 to 1936.