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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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13 of the boat. I am not aware that he holds any certificate as a seaman of any class, nor as a pilot. He was sent on board the Rithet by Capt. Irving and I know he has acted as quarter master on the Yosemite, a steamer on the same route. I think he had made two or three trips with me. At the time the whistle blew I knew we must be near  ? Point, to the southward of it. As soon as I heard the gong I rose from my chair and went towards the pilot house but before I got out of the saloon door the collision occurred. I am not sure whether I then went direct to the pilot house or to the main deck first. The bow of the Rithet had run under the boiler deck of the Enterprise, almost parallel with the hull. I went to the pilot house I found the quarter-master there. The Enterprise had begun to sink and her pilot house and boiler deck to lift. I saw a great deal of excitement among the passengers of the Enterprise. I fancy I then went down on the main deck. I met Capt. Rudlin on my main deck and asked him How did this happen? He did not answer and I then said Why are you not on your own boat? He said "My God, she is sinking." I said she was not sinking very rapidly and you ought to be looking after your passengers and getting your boats out. A good many of his passengers had then come on board of us over the boiler deck. I noticed that we were in a rip tide and I went to the pilot house to prevent the 10 BC Archives GR-0431 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 4 File 1 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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