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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18 going at a big speed. We were about a mile from shore on our starboard side. There is a bay on what was our port side. We were about 500 yards from land on the port side. The Enterprise could go within 60 yards of Jones Island. She could have gone 450 yards nearer the shore than she did. The two tides meet where the collision occurred. The Enterprise was about ten ships lengths from us when I noticed her port her helm. There was plenty of room for us to pass to starboard. On the Yosemite I had the wheel. The Capt. or mate gave the orders but never touched the wheel. One of them was always there. I never had charge of the steamer except for a few minutes. To Gannaway. Before and after I blew the whistle the mate was near enough to give orders if necessary. I understand the use of chart and compass. Can take a boat anywhere round these islands. Harry Ramwell
The above depositions of Asbury Insley and Harry Ramwell were severally taken upon oath and acknowledged at the place first above mentioned on the fifth day of August 1885 before me Edwin ? Coroner.
The Inquisition was then further ad- 15 BC Archives GR-0431 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 4 File 1 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.