Canadian Merchant Service Guild

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Canadian Merchant Service Guild

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The Canadian Merchant Service Guild was founded in Vancouver in 1917 as the Shipmate's and Officer's Association of Canada. In 1919 the association became incorporated as a national union bearing the name Canadian Merchant Service Guild. Between 1919 and 1965, mergers with other marine unions increased the size and jurisdictions of the Guild. In 1965 the revised by-laws of the CMSG formally established the division of the union into Eastern and Western Branches. Henceforth, the Guild as a single unit ceased to exist.


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