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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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of Our Lord 1885 before me Edwin Johnson, Coroner.

The Inquisition was then further adjourned to the fifth day of August 1885 the Jury being severally bound in their own recognizance in the sum of $100 each to appear on the adjourned Inquisition.

On the said fifth day of August 1885 the following depositions were taken.

Asbury Insley sworn.

I was master of the steamer Rithet on the occasion of her collision with the steamer Enterprise off Cadboro' Point on Tuesday in last week. I was in the dining saloon getting lunch about 2 p.m. I heard the whistle of the Rithet, whistle on whistle, as the signal to an approaching steamer to pass to port. I was expecting the Enterprise to pass us about that time. I did not get out of my seat at the table. Some little time after the whistle I heard the gong signal to the engineer to stop the engine. This might have been three or five minutes after the whistle. When I came down to lunch I left the quarter master Ramwell at the wheel. I asked him if he understood the bells and he said he did. I gave him no further orders. I do not know whether the mate was then on deck - he was not in the pilot house. The quarter master was left in charge of the navigation

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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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