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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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20 ladder, which was between 10 and 15 feet from my door the water was up to my waist. I went up and cleared away the starboard quarter boat, got it in the water, filled it with passenger some from the steamer and two women from the water and took them on board the Rithet. While I was getting the boat out the steamer sank till the fan-tail rail was two or three feet under water on the starboard side. It was not more than 20 seconds after the collision before the lower hold was full of water. To Mr. Irving. I had about 20 in the boat beside myself and the bartender. The other boats were nearly about the same size. I had some little difficulty in lowering the boat. There was a chestfull of lifepreservers and some in racks overhead on both decks easy of access. They were buoyant and in good condition. To Gannaway. I did not notice whether the door of the cook's room was closed. Edward McDonald Henry T? Bishop sworn. I was the purser of the steamer Enterprise at the time of the collision on Tuesday 28 July last. I was in my office writing and heard the Rithet whistle and the Enterprise 17 BC Archives GR-0431 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 4 File 1 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia. 17

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