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.