Rudder Not Good
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from the Victoria Daily Colonist, 20 Jan 1904, pg.3

Oiler Says He Had Himself Tried to Repair It

At the enquiry in Seattle yesterday Edward W. Heath, who built the 'Clallam', told what a good boat she was. Capt. S.B. Gibbs, agent and surveyor for San Francisco underwriters, said he had examined the 'Clallam' and thought she was a remarkably good boat. J.T. Heffernan told of the fine machinery aboard and of its installation. Quartermaster Meyer was recalled and said a distress signal and colored lights were shown. This is at variance with the published statements made by other surveyors.

J. Atkinson, an oiler, said he heard the chief engineer notify the captain at 1:15 that the 'Clallam' was making water, and to come around before the wind.

"What was the answer?" he was asked.
"I don't know," responded he, "but I know the ship could not be turner because the rudder was out of order."

"How do you know the rudder was out of order?"
"Because I repaired it before. The stalk was split and tiller would slip."

"Was it out of order that day to your personal knowledge?"
"Yes, sir."

Continuing, Atkinson told of the deadlight being broken so that it would not close. He said that it had never been closed all the time he was aboard. He shipped on the 'Clallam' on September 9th.

During further cross-examination he told of three specific times when the chief engineer notified the captain of water in the hold.