Fonds 2006/2 - Hydrographic Services Office (Halifax, N.S.) fonds

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Hydrographic Services Office (Halifax, N.S.) fonds

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CA ON00093 2006/2

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  • 1939-1996; Scanned in 2006 (originally created 1776-2006) (Creation)

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6.33 m of textual records
2 negatives: b&w; 12.5 x 18 cm or smaller

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The Hydrographic Services Office is a client-focused organization dedicated to providing geomatic products and information to the Canadian Forces (CF). Under the command of the Mapping and Charting Establishment (MCE), the HSO in Halifax supports operations of the sea, land and air elements of the Canadian Forces as well as the maritime units of other federal government departments. In support of MARCOT 98, the HSO has provided a myriad of traditional paper based Maritime/Aeronautical charts, topographic maps and publications to the exercise participants. In addition to this traditional level of service, the HSO also provides user defined, mission specific, large format custom charting or planning/briefing sheets. Furthermore, the HSO is the first point of contact for all geomatic information requirements.

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Fonds consists of files containing forms, messages and correspondence between chart depots at various locations in the world and the Hydrographic Services Office in Halifax, N.S. Includes files regarding dispersal of hydrographic supplies, dangers and aids to navigation, chart and map procurement, admiralty publications and the administration of the Hydrographic Services Office. Also, fonds contains various lists and logs, such as Chart Correction Logs and Folio Indexes, Consecutive Lists of Admiralty Charts and Candydrolants, and the HSO log for 1942-1945, as well as 26 compact disks of miscellaneous naval images from the Hydrographic Services Offices in Halifax. Includes eight published volumes of maps, including an ice atlas of Canada and an incomplete set of the US Navy Marine Climatic Atlases. Also includes There are five series:

  1. Reference Numbered Files
  2. Central Registry Files
  3. Lists, Logs, etc.
  4. Published Maps
  5. Miscellaneous Electronic Images

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Fonds was received 10 February 2006 and 20 October 2008 from the Hydrographic Services Office in Halifax, N.S. The immediate source of acquisition for the HSO log of 1942-1945 is unknown.


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  • English

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Copies of the finding aid are located in the first file of the fonds and in the reading room of the Directorate of History and Heritage (DHH). Electronic copies are also available.

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The following related record is available in the Document Collection:
2004/2 - Hydrographic Services Office (Esquimalt) fonds.

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No further accruals are expected.

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