The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
The Sinking of the s.s. Emperor
The Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON), December 1911, pp. 1187

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An investigation into the causes leading

to the sinking of the Inland Lines s.s.

Emperor, in the Canadian lock of the

Sault Ste. Marie canal. Oct. 15. was held

at Collingwood. Nov. 1. by L. A. Demers,

Wreck Commissioner, assisted by Capt.

G. C. Coles. Examiner of Masters and

Mates, and Capt. P. M. Campbell.

The court, after hearing the evidence,

found that the canal employes were to

blame for ordering the flooding of the

lock without previously enquiring if the

vessel was in readiness, and stated that

it believed it to be customary for the

master of a vessel to sound one blast of

the whistle as a signal to the canal authorities

to begin flooding. The officers

of the Emperor were exonerated from

blame, the responsibility resting with the

watchman on board, who happened to

be a deck hand, and therefore irresponsible.

The court added that it thinks it

is extremely necessary that masters of

all vessels should have copies of the

regulations governing the operation of

locks and canals.

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The Sinking of the s.s. Emperor