Sessional Papers of the Dominion of Canada Volume 7, No. 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...the shore of the Isle Ronde to have been the result of a doubt in his mind as to her ability tostem the current where it was more powerful, they must nevertheless declare their opinion that he is wholly to blame for the occurence of the accident. The pilot, from his knowledge of the route, and the opportunity, on the voyage from Quebec, of ascertaining the capability of the vessel entrusted to him, must be held responsible for her safety in the absence of any misrepresentation on the part of the oflicers, or the occurrence of any intervening accident, such as the derangement of ' machinery, steering power, or other contingency beyond his knowledge or control. No such intervening influence being set forth in the present case, the vessel was not necessarily in a position of peril, because her power proved insuflicient to stem the current; or, if so, the pilot's duty was not to have made any attempt that would imperil her safety under such possible contingency. The pilot's notions as to the width of the river and channel at the point in question prove to have been very inaccurate; for while, in his evidence, he speaks of the width of the river as 900 yards or 2,700 feet, it is established by Captain Rudolf that it is only about 1,300, and the ship channel about 800 feet. The pilot states that the steamer, aiter getting as far up as a place called the " Spur" on the Island, she stood about 500 feet from the shore, and that she drifted, having to contend with a too rapid current, and struck a rock about 500 feet below the " Spur." Assuming this statement to be correct. as her bow, when stranded, was only about 50 or 60 feet from shore, it must appear evident that if the vessel had stood at that distance from...
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