Clallam's Inspection
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CLALLAM'S INSPECTION
from the Victoria Daily Colonist, 15 Jan 1904, pg.1

Was Passed by Victoria Officials on July 2nd, 1903

The certificate of inspection granted to the steamer 'Clallam' by Capt. R. Collister, inspector of hands and equipment, and Capt. A. Thomson, inspector of boilers, was given to the lost steamer on July 3rd. The inspection of the steamer was made on July 2nd by both inspectors. The certificate, which was witnessed by a Colonist reporter yesterday, is signed by both officials. It certifies that the steamer is a vessel of 365.78 tons, under deck tonnage. Her gross tonnage was 657 tons, registered net tonnage of 415 tons. The tonnage of her houses on deck was 306.22 tons. The vessel had one boat with a carrying capacity of 32 persons, and five lifeboats with a capacity of 155 persons. She had 530 life preservers, 25 fire buckets, 6 axes, 6 lanterns, 4 life buoys. She was entitled to carry 250 passengers and freight, or 500 on excursions without freight. The boiler inspector certified to the steamer being fully equipped. She had 66 nominal horsepower, and her boiler was certified to carry 165 pounds of steam to the square inch.

Regarding inspection the Seattle Times says:

"The 'Clallam' was a new boat, having been in commission only six months. Presumably she was duly examined by government inspectors and pronounced seaworthy. Presumably, also, her officials were duly examined and properly licensed to operate such vessels. The fact that a new steamer running between Seattle and Victoria springs a leak within the short space of six months makes pertinent the query:

"Do inspectors really inspect? Are their examinations of applicants for positions on ships as thorough as they should be for the proper protection of the traveling public?

"A few years ago the marine service on Puget Sound was scandalized by the putting of a number of unseaworthy vessels on the Alaskan service. A few disasters and an indignant public brought about a better inspection service. The unexpected disaster to the 'Clallam' suggests that possibly more care should be exercised in the inspection of boats placed in commission."