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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15 have sometimes left him in charge. There is ample searoom where the collision occurred. I asked Ramwell if he understood the bells in case he might want to stop the boat. I would not have asked the mate such a question because I knew he understood them. When I first went to the wheel after the collision I took charge of it. I found it hard a port. That would tend to throw the Rithet away from the Enterprise. The hydraulic steering gear was not in operation. As a general thing the Rithet handles well but it depends on the current. I am certain my engineers answered the bell properly. The Rithet struck the Enterprise on her port side. I don't know how the collision occurred. To Mr. Gannaway. The helm hard a port was the proper position under the circumstances. The fore part of the Enterprise began to sink first. She did not sink very rapidly. I think everything was done that could be to assist the Enterprise passengers
Harry Ramwell sworn. I was quartermaster of the steamer Rithet when the collision occurred last week. About a quarter to 2 Capt. Insley 12 BC Archives GR-0431 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 4 File 1 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.