intelligence has been organized, acting in concert with the Imperial authorities, and the duties and work carried out by this branch have increased considerably in magnitude and importance and have been conducted in a very satisfactory manner.
All details connected with naval defence at defended ports are carried out by the Naval Service Department. At Halifax and Quebec an examination service was instituted before the outbreak of war, and has been continued without interruption, except during the winter season at Quebec. This is for the purpose of insuring that no vessel with hostile intentions shall enter the harbours, and also to facilitate the coming out and going in of ordinary commercial vessels.
Special arrangements have been maintained since the commencement of the war on both the east and west coasts for the supply of fresh provisions at short notice to all ships requiring such, both Canadian and Imperial; naval depots were established at Esquimalt and Halifax, and assistance of various kinds has been rendered to the ships of friendly powers.