The Virginia Ehrman and the Agnese - 97 U.S. 309 (1887)
U.S. Supreme Court
The Virginia Ehrman and the Agnese, 97 U.S. 309 (1887)
The Virginia Ehrman and the Agnese
97 U.S. 309
A ship in tow of a steam tug, each having its own master and crew, collided with and sunk a steam dredge lying at anchor at a proper place, displaying good signal lights, and having competent lookouts stationed on her decks. The tug and the ship having been libeled and seized, the former gave a stipulation for value for $10,000. Both were found to be at fault, and the court below entered a decree awarding the libellants $24,184.67 damages, with interest and costs, and directing that one-half of the amount be paid by the ship, and the remaining half by the stipulators for the tug. Held that the decree should be modified so as to further provide that any balance of the moiety decreed against either vessel, which the libellants shall be unable to collect, shall be paid by the other, or by her stipulators, to the extent of her stipulated value beyond the moiety due from her.
The facts are stated in the opinion of the Court.