Fresh off the presses, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery store has received a new book called The History of the RCMP Marine Services, published by Pacific Marine Publishing. The author, Kenneth John Haycock, worked for the RCMP and RCMP Marine Services from 1988 to 2008. A few years ago, Cst. Haycock recognized that the RCMP Marine Services has a rich history of involvement on Canadian waterways. In recognizing a lack of documentation and written materials about the subject, he began a dedicated journey resulting in this book. Here is a little summary about its contents:
Until the rise of the modern Canadian Navy and the Coast Guard services, the RCMP provided the primary maritime federal representation on the Canadian coast and inland waters of Canada. Many of these vessels were impressive ocean-going ships that featured modern (for that era) armaments, dedicated RCMP Marine Division crew and complex mandate to serve the interests of Canada. These vessels served in the high Arctic, on the Great Lakes, on all three oceans and on virtually all the navigable inland waters of Canada. The total number of vessels employed within the RCMP from the establishment of the Force until modern times exceed two hundred.
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