Letters Requesting Seized Vessels

Letters Requesting Seized Vessels


Title Proper F0 GR0435 BOX 087 FILE 834
Date(s) 1942
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This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
Most documents in this file are letters from Canadians requesting to purchase seized vessels. The Department offers the same basic reply that the writer should contact the Japanese Fishing Vessel Disposal Committee. Also in this file is a circular from the Disposal Committee, 10 February 1942, describing its mandate and providing instructions for potential boat buyers on how to proceed with their enquiries. For people interested in a boat but do not have a specific one in mind, the Committee recommends providing certain information: (a) type and size of vessel desired; (b) class of vessel; (c) amount of cash buyer is prepared to offer; and (d) “what terms are required for the total purchase price.” Finally, the file includes a copy of the BC Security Commission “Order No. 25” which bans people of Japanese heritage from fishing on coastal waters.
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The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.
This record was digitized in full.

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