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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17 afterwards Capt. Insley came in. He looked round and we then both went down to the freight deck. I then saw Capt. Rudlin coming on board in a small boat and heard him sing out "On the Rithet, lower the boats." I then heard the conversation between Insley and Rudlin mentioned by Insley. I then went to help to lower the boats. I took a waiter in a boat and went to pick up passengers. The Rithet never touched the Enterprise pilot house. The mate of the Enterprise was outside the pilot house just before the collision. I saw him run for the paddlebox on the port side. If he had remained in the pilot house he would not have been hurt. Our jib stay ran under their boiler deck, lifting it and the mate was hurt by the splinters. The Enterprise mast fell overboard as we backed away from her and not before. The quartermaster is the man who steers the boat, keeps the pilot house clean to. I have been a seaman all my life. I do not hold any certificate. I have acted as mate of a steamer on the other side. When the mate was sick I took his place. Mr Irving. I had not seen the Enterprise when Insley left me in charge. The mate came into the pilot house just before I whistled. It struck me the Enterprise misunderstood the signal and was going to starboard_ this was why I left the wheel as it was slightly to port. The gave no indication what she was going to do. I did not hear or see her whistle. We were 14 BC Archives GR-0431 BRITISH COLUMBIA.ATTORNEY GENEREAL. Box 4 File 1 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.