Department of Marine : Reports to the Privy Council, letterbooks

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Department of Marine : Reports to the Privy Council, letterbooks
Ministère de la Marine, copies de lettres
RG 42 B 8
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Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
The Department of Marine and Fisheries was created on July 1, 1867, although it did not receive legislative authority until May 22, 1868. It is the department within the government of Canada that is responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs in support of Canada's economic, ecological and scientific interests in oceans and inland waters. Its mandate includes responsibility for the conservation and sustainable use of Canada's fisheries resources while continuing to provide safe, effective and environmentally sound marine services that are responsive to the needs of Canadians in a global economy. The department, today known as Fisheries and Oceans Canada, is responsible for several organizations, including the Canadian Coast Guard and the Canadian Hydrographic Service. Since Confederation, the responsibilities of the original Department of Marine and Fisheries, namely the Fisheries Service and the Marine Service, have transferred among several departments throughout time.
This collection consists of letterpress copies of reports to the Privy Council from the Marine Branch. Topics include Trinity Houses and Trinity Boards, pilots and pilotage; beacons, buoys, lights and lighthouses and their maintenance; harbours, ports, piers and wharves; steamers and vessels belonging to the Government of Canada; harbour commissioners and harbour masters; classification of vessels and granting of certificates of masters and mates; shipping masters and shipping offices; inspection of steamboats and boards of steamboat inspection; enquiries into causes of shipwrecks; establishment, regulation, and maintenance of marine and seamen hospitals, and care of distressed seamen.