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Coast Guard marks 50th

Although the coast has been guarded to some degree since the 1700s, the official Canadian Coast Guard service began in 1962
Work continues on the improvements to French Creek Harbour

Dignitaries gathered at the Canadian Coast Guard base in Victoria Thursday to  celebrate 50 years of saving those in trouble at sea.

Included in the list of dignitaries was Randy Kamp, the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, who cut the cake to kick off the festivities.

Although the Canadian Coast Guard has been a symbol of rescue at sea since 1962, its origins go back as far as the 1700s, when the first lifeboats and lighthouses were established on the east coast. Patrol vessels on the Great Lakes and the eastern seaboard at that time were owned by various governments that preceded Confederation.

The official Canadian Coast Guard was created on Jan. 26, 1962, when the Honourable Leon Balcer, Minister of Transport, announced that the Department of Transport fleet of ships would in future be referred to as the Canadian Coast Guard.




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