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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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26 the wheel. When I joined the boat I was given to understand that I had nothing to do with navigating the boat. To Mr. Irving. I have a master's certificate. Have been 2 years on the route. We were within 5 or 600 yards of Cadbro Point. The Enterprise had rounded the Point. She could have gone within 70 yards of the beech. I don't think the Rithet was too close in shore. I never thought the Enterprise intended to cross our bows. I thought it was the tide. I don't think there was any mistake in the whistles. To the Jury. The tide whirls round at that point and the helm has but little effect in it. I have seen the Rithet take heavy sheers coming up there with a stong flood tide. I was disobeying orders in going into the pilot house. The master and quartermaster were the only two men who steered. Laughlin McLean The above depositions of Edward McDonald, Henry T Bishop, Jacob Lenz, Stewart Keenan, Robert Ward and Laughlin McLean were severally taken upon oath and acknowledged at the place first above mentioned on the seventh day of August 1885 before me Edwin Johnson Coroner. 23 BC Archives GR-0431 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 4 File 1 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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