Cope v. Vallette Dry Dock Company,
119 U.S. 625 (1887)

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Cope v. Vallette Dry Dock Company, 119 U.S. 625 (1887)

Cope v. Vallette Dry Dock Company

Argued December 6, 1886

Decided January 10, 1887

119 U.S. 625


A fixed structure contrived for the purpose of taking ships out of the water in order to repair them, and for no other purpose, consisting of a large oblong box with a flat bottom and perpendicular sides, with no means of propulsion either by wind, steam, or otherwise, and not designed for navigation, but only as a floating dry dock, permanently moored, is not a subject of salvage service.

This was an appeal from a decree of the circuit court dismissing a libel for salvage for want of jurisdiction. The case is stated in the opinion of the Court.

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