Fonds F0048 - Fraser M. McKee Fonds

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Fraser M. McKee Fonds


  • 1914- 1919, 1940-1942, 1973-2008 (Creation)

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2.3 metres of textual records
200 photographs
11 8x8 cm b+w glass plate slides
7 b+w 35 mm film strips
27 2"x2" slides
501 35 mm slides

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Biographical history

Fraser M. McKee obtained a BSc in Forestry from the University of Toronto in 1951. He briefly worked for the Quebec North Shore Co. and then, from 1953 – 1984, he held a variety of positions with Bell Canada. He began his military service in 1943 as an ordinary seaman. From 1947-1970 he served as an Active List Naval Reserve Officer and from 1971-82 was on the Supplementary Reserve List as a Commander. After retiring from the Navy he was an active participant in the newly formed Naval Officers Association of Canada (NOAC). In 1979, on behalf of the Toronto Chapter of the NOAC, he researched and wrote a paper on the importance of minesweepers in defending Canada’s borders: "A Paper on the Role of Mine-hunting/Minesweeping for the Canadian Navy." In 1983, he published "Armed Yachts of Canada" on the use of luxury yachts in both World Wars. In 1996, with Robert A. Darlington, he co-authored "The Canadian Naval Chronicle: 1939-1945" on the successes and losses of the Canadian navy in World War II. In 2004 he published "Sink All the Shipping There" on Canada’s merchant marine during WW II. In 2008, again with Robert A. Darlington as co-author, he published "Three Princes Armed" on the use of the Prince line of luxury liners as warships in WW II.

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Donated by Fraser M. Mckee, August 2015.
accession number: 2015.039

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Fonds consists of the material gathered together by the author as he conducted extensive research into the topics dealt with in each of his five publications.
The fonds is divided into eight series:

  1. Material collected for “A Paper on the Role of Mine-hunting/Minesweeping for the Canadian Navy”. 1979
  2. Material collected for “Armed Yachts of Canada”. 1983
  3. Material collected for a booklet entitled “Volunteers for Sea Service: a brief history of the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, its predecessors and successors, on its 80th anniversary, 1973” and a subsequent paper entitled “A History of our Naval Reserve” presented at a 1995 naval conference.
  4. Material collected for “The Canadian Naval Chronicle: 1939-1945: the successes and losses of the Canadian Navy in WW II”. 1996
  5. Material collected for “Three Princes Armed: luxury liners to warships”. 1998
  6. Material collected for “Sink All the Shipping There: the wartime loss of Canada’s merchant ships and fishing schooners.” 2002
  7. Slides and film strips.
  8. Miscellaneous.

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No further accruals are expected

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No restrictions on access.

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Archival materials do not circulate and must be consulted in the TMM Library and Archives Reading Room. Duplication of materials in the collection may be subject to copyright and other restrictions. Please contact TMM Library and Archives staff for guidance on reproduction.

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  • English

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Mckee, Fraser. Armed Yachts of Canada. Erin, Ont. : Boston Mills Press, 1983.

Darlington, Robert, and Fraser McKee. The Canadian naval chronicle, 1939-1945 : the successes and losses of the Canadian navy in World War II. St. Catharines, Ont. : Vanwell, 1996.

McKee, Fraser. Sink All the Shipping There' : The Wartime Loss of Canada's Merchant Ships and Fishing Schooners. St. Catharines, Ont.: Vanwell, 2004.

Darlington, Robert, and Fraser McKee. Three Princes Armed: Luxury Liners to Warships. Victoria: R. Darlington, 2008.

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Fonds processed by Yvonne Hinks, 2015-2016.




Archivist's note

This AtoM record was created by Jason Nisenson, February 2016.

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