Union Steamship Company of Philadelphia v. New York and Virginia Steamship Company
THIS was an appeal from the Circuit Court of the United States for the eastern district of Virginia, sitting in admiralty.
It was a case of collision which occurred between the steamship Jamestown and the steamship Pennsylvania, the libel being filed by the owners of the former. The collision took place some few miles below the port of Norfolk, in Virginia, under circumstances which are freely stated in the opinion of the court.
The District Court decreed in favor of the libellants, and assessed the damages at $1,893.08, with interest from 1st of February, 1855, till paid, and the Circuit Court affirmed the decree.
Upon an appeal to this court it was submitted on printed argument by Mr. Kane for the appellants, and argued by Mr. Watson for the appellees.
Mr. Kane contended that the evidence justified the conclusion that the collision was the result of inevitable accident, arising from the intense fog which had settled upon the Elizabeth river, which position was denied by Mr. Watson. The arguments could not be explained without a reference to the testimony, which was quite voluminous.
Mr. Justice CLIFFORD delivered the opinion of the court.