People's Ferry Company of Boston v. Beers - 61 U.S. 393 (1857)
U.S. Supreme Court
People's Ferry Company of Boston v. Beers, 61 U.S. 20 How. 393 393 (1857)
People's Ferry Company of Boston v. Beers
1 U.S. (20 How.) 393
The admiralty jurisdiction of the courts of the United States does not extend to cases where a lien is claimed by the builders of a vessel for work done and materials found in its construction.
Whether the district courts can enforce a lien in such cases, where the law of the state where the vessel was built gave a lien for its construction, is a question which the Court does not now decide.
[MR. CHIEF JUSTICE TANEY, HAVING BEEN INDISPOSED, DID NOT SIT IN THIS CAUSE.]
The facts of the case are stated in the opinion of the Court.