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Lee Sam

As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, we’ve digitized a small selection of inquests and inquiries from 1872 to 1934, found in series GR-0431. These were chosen to reflect the experiences of early Chinese immigrants to B.C. – their living and working conditions, and their unfortunate accidental or unusual deaths.   They range from a woman working in a brothel in Barkerville who died of natural causes to three sawmill workers who died from malnutrition. Learn more.

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BC Archives GR-0431

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was a sidewheel steamer. The Rithet is a stern wheel steamer. The Enterprise drew the most water. There is plenty of sea-room off the Point. I was keeping in close to avoid the tide. There was half a mile searoom on the other side from the Point. It might have been an hour after the collision that I went on board the wreck. I pulled round her in the boat and then went on board the Western Slope which towed her into Cadborough Bay. When the wreck had grounded in the Bay I went on board it. There were a number of passengers on the Enterprise. The forward boat on the port side was cut off by the Rithet. the starboard boat aft was lowered by McDonald a deck hand. The port boat aft was lowered by another man. The Enterprise carried five boats - all in good working order - none of them were smashed. I did not see any one in the water except the two Frenchmen and some Indians, all of whom were taken on board the Rithet. I saw a number of people in the boats. There were 7 boats in the water altogether, and 2 or 3 canoes. I cannot swim and therefore could not board the wreck until I got a boat. I then pulled round the wreck but did not board it. I saw a bullock in the after saloon above water. I saw no reason for going on board - saw nothing to save.

To Mr. Irving. The Rithet struck us on the port bow. Our general practice is to keep to the shore in

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BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 4 File 1 / BRITISH COLUMBIA, ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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