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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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23 on that deck. I waded through the water and got on the Rithet with the help of a piece of timber put out from the Rithet. To Mr Irving. I saw some Chinamen in the saloon trying to get life preservers. J Lenz Stewart Keenan sworn. I was a deck hand on the Enterprise at the time of the collision. I had been at the wheel up to about three minutes before the collision. The mate Leech relieved me. The Rithet was in sight and blew a whistle as I came out of the pilot house door and at the same time Capt. Rudlin passed in. I then went down to the lower deck and remained there. The steamers were heading straight for each other. I did not observe the Enterprise swinging at all. If the helm was port over she would swing shortly afterwards within a very few seconds. Anybody could see that the Rithet was trying to run into the Enterprise. The Enterprise was very near the point and had little or no room to port her helm. She was from 250 to 300 yards from the point. To Mr. Irving. The lower deck is covered by the saloon deck. I was standing on the port side within ten ft. of where the Rithet struck. When the Rithet was within 150 feet of us she altered her course and steered towards us. I don't know whether she star boarded or ported. There was only one man at her wheel. After she took the sheer the Enterprise slow bell sounded. Stewart Keenan 20 BC Archives GR-0431 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 4 File 1 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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