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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22 any life preservers in it. I was picked up by the Rithet's boat. After the collision I first saw Capt. Rudlin on the Rithet about the time the vessels separated. To Mr. Irving. I believe the steward and pantry boy of the Enterprise helped passengers to get life preservers. We had 91 passengers, including 33 Chinamen and Indians. I have not heard if any missing except the two whose bodies were found. The Enterprise had for officers a captain, mate, purser, steward, and engineer. To Gannaway. The noise was enough to rouse sleeping persons. ? F Bishop Jacob Lenz sworn. I was a passenger on the steamer Enterprise on Tuesday in last week. I was on the upper deck near the Pilot House and saw the Rithet coming. She blew a whistle and Capt. Rudlin then went to the pilot house and answered with one whistle. He remained in the pilot house with another man and tried to get our steamer to the right side out of the way of the Rithet. The steamers were then very near together. I remained on deck until the steamers touched and then I ran to the cabin. I did not see what the Captain then did. I got a life preserver in the saloon and went back towards the pilot house. There was then a foot or 1 1/2 feet of water 19 BC Archives GR-0431 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 4 File 1 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.