Beard, Charles Taschereau, 1890-1950

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Beard, Charles Taschereau, 1890-1950

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1890-07-30 - 1950-11-21


Commander Charles Taschereau Beard was born in Ottawa on 30 July 1890. He began his career with the Royal Navy on the merchant training ship Conway. Returning to Canada, he worked first in the fisheries protection service and then joined the Royal Naval Reserve in 1909 before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1910 as a midshipman. During the First World War, he served in the region of Pas de Calais. By 1921, he was working with Alexander Graham Bell at Baddek when Bell was testing hydrofoils. In 1922 he was promoted to Senior Naval Officer, Esquimalt, and was Captain of Naden. “He later held various posts at Headquarters including Director of Naval Reserves and also Director of Naval Operations” (CFB Esquimalt Navy and Military Museum). When his mandate as Director of Naval Reserves was finishing, the Minster of the Interior invited the Royal Canadian Navy to assign an officer to an expedition to explore the eastern arctic. Beard was assigned to this expedition on the Hudson Bay Company ship Nascopie in July 1935. Prior to his voyage, a Senior Air Officer had requested Beard to write a report on the region and the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) loaned him a camera with ten rolls of film. He was also given a list of potential sites where fuel might be stored which he was to evaluate. The report and negatives were submitted to the RCAF after the voyage. In 1936, he was once again at Naden as Commanding Officer as well as Commander of the Dockyard. Beard retired from the Navy but was called back into service in the Second World War where he had command of the HMS Prince Rupert. Retiring again from service due to ill health, he went on to serve as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Esquimalt after the war, from 1945-1948. Beard died on 21 November 1950.


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Created by Adele Torrance, 2018. French editing by Céline Mongeau, Larocque Linguistic Services, 2018-10.




-CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum. (Undated). “Commander Charles T. Beard.” From the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum website. Accessed online 2018-05-22:
-Johnston, W., Rawling, W.G.P., Gimblett, R.H., & MacFarlane, J. (2010). Du littoral à la mer : Histoire officielle de la Marine royale du Canada, 1867-1939, volume 1. Toronto: Dundurn Press. Pp. 1038-40.
-Wikipedia contributors. (2017, August 3). Charles Taschereau Beard. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Accessed online 2018-05-22 from:

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