The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Investigations re s.s. Sindad [Sinbad]
The Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON), December 1911, pp. 1187

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Following are summaries of the judgments

delivered as the result of investigations

into two accidents to the s.s.

Sindbad, owned by F. E. Hall and Co.,

by L. A. Demers, Wreck Commissioner,

concurred in by Capts. A. Reid and F.


The first case dealt with the vessel

striking an obstruction in the upper

part of the Saguenay River, at Pointe

Lachance, June 16, and the court found

that in view of the facts elicited, no

other conclusion could be arrived at

than that the pilot, L. H. Lapierre, was

in default, and committed a grave error

of judgment in attempting to pilot his

vessel on the occasion in question, with

his limited knowledge of the river, for

which the court severely reprimanded

him and cautioned him to be more careful

in future, and to study the conditions

of the place before undertaking

to endanger the property entrusted to

his care. The officers of the vessel were


The second judgment was in connection

with the grounding of the vessel,

off Carleton Island, in the St. Lawrence

River, Sept. 18, while en route from Toledo

to Montreal with grain. The court

found that the mate was in fault for

having disregarded the orders received

by him from the master, when opposite

Cape St. Vincent, notwithstanding any

motives he may plead in extenuation.

He must be reminded that when in a

subordinate position, every order given

by his superior must be faithfully carried

out, and to the letter. However, owing

to the fact that he was one month idle,

waiting for this investigation, and considering

the intelligent and straightforward

manner of giving his evidence, the

court did not deal with his certificate,

but censured him severely for his disobedience

to orders, which was the cause

of the grounding. The master was exonerated,

but the court suggested that

the services of a competent wheelman

be secured.

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Investigations re s.s. Sindad [Sinbad]