Haney v. Baltimore Steam Packet Company - 64 U.S. 287 (1859)
U.S. Supreme Court
Haney v. Baltimore Steam Packet Company, 64 U.S. 23 How. 287 287 (1859)
Haney v. Baltimore Steam Packet Company
64 U.S. (23 How.) 287
In a collision which took place in the Chesapeake Bay between a steamer and a sailing vessel, the steamer was in fault.
It was the captain's watch, and his duty to be on deck, which he was not.
The only man on deck, acting as pilot, lookout, and officer of the deck, was not in the proper place for a lookout to be.
A former decision of this Court referred to, indicating the proper place for a lookout.
When the collision was impending, the order on the steamer was to starboard the helm instead of porting it, the schooner having previously kept on her course, as the rules of navigation required her to do.
This was a case of collision occurring in the Chesapeake Bay between the steamer Louisiana and the schooner William K. Perrin, by which the schooner was sunk.
The libel was in rem, filed by the appellants against the steamer and George W. Russell master thereof. The Baltimore Steam Packet Company intervened and answered as the owner of the steamer.
The evidence in the case is so fully commented upon in the opinion of the Court and in the dissenting opinion of MR. CHIEF JUSTICE TANEY that any repetition of it is unnecessary.
The district court decreed in favor of the libellants in the sum of seventeen hundred dollars, and of Charles Ogden, the master of the schooner the additional sum of $173 and costs.
On an appeal to the circuit court, additional evidence was
offered, and the decree of the district court was reversed and the libel dismissed.
The libellants appealed to this Court.