The north Atlantic ice patrol was set up in 1914. Thirteen different nations are parties to the agreement. The
patrol has been managed by the United States, and the cost is divided among the various nations in agreed proportions. Canada's share of the cost is three per cent per annum, and the cost varies slightly from year to year but Canada's share never exceeding $6,000.
The equipment of the department, boats of all kinds, was administered in earlier years by several branches of the department, by the ship channel branch, the dominion steamers and the ice-breakers. All our boats are now administered by this branch. The moneys covered by this item were formerly in the ship channel vote, the vote for miscellaneous services relating to navigation, and the dominion steamers and ice-breakers vote. Now we have a branch which manages boats of all kinds belonging to the Department of Transport.