Steamer Louisiana v. Fisher,
62 U.S. 1 (1858)

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Steamer Louisiana v. Fisher, 62 U.S. 21 How. 1 1 (1858)

Steamer Louisiana v. Fisher

62 U.S. (21 How.) 1


Where a steamer approaches an object at night, and the captain is uncertain what it is, he should slacken his speed. If he does not take this precaution, his vessel will be responsible in case of a collision with another vessel.

The night was not so dark as to make it the duty of the schooner to show a light. The schooner was discerned by the steamer in sufficient -- time to have avoided the collision, if proper care had been exercised.


The facts of the case are stated in the opinion of the Court. The district court decreed that the libellants should recover the sum of three thousand dollars, they having claimed six thousand. From this decree both parties appealed, but upon its being affirmed in the circuit court as to both cross-appeals, the claimants of the steamer were the only party who brought the case up to this Court.

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