Discrete Item RHB - Brief Report on Hudson Bay and Canadian North Eastern Regions

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Brief Report on Hudson Bay and Canadian North Eastern Regions

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CA ON00420 RHB

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  • 1935-11-07 (Creation)
    Beard, Charles Taschereau, 1890-1950

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1 album (39 photographs, 6 maps) ; 32.5 x 42 cm

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(1890-07-30 - 1950-11-21)

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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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Unknown. Believed to have been part of the National Aeronautical Collection.

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The item is a report in the form of a scrapbook where narrative reporting has been typed directly on the page and maps and photographs have been glued to the pages. A Senior Air Officer requested Beard to write this report on his voyage on the Hudson Bay Company ship Nascopie in July 1935. In his introduction, Beard wrote “My opinions are naturally of limited value, as no opportunity presented itself for me to have actual flying experience…. I have therefore endeavoured to view matters as if I was to be a passenger in an aircraft, contemplating a flight to the areas mentioned, and that the pilot was dependent on me for advice as to details, or contingencies likely to be experienced.” Among the photographs, at least 6 are aerial photographs – the remaining photographs appear to have been taken during Beard’s voyage on the Nascopie. Most maps are hand traced in black ink with colour highlights. Photograph captions and the cover title are also handwritten in black ink.

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The album’s last page in dog-eared along multiple edges and should be treated with care. The front cover and first pages have water stains. The front cover is also dog-eared and torn in parts, but not as badly as the last page. Photographs are showing some signs of fading. Adhesive is showing no signs of failing.

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Beard also sent reports to the Chief of Staff of the Royal Canadian Navy. They are preserved at Library and Archives Canada in RG 24, vol. 5672.

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

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