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THE FIRE ISLAND

December 13, 1932

THE FIRE ISLAND; SOUTH SHORE NAV. CO., Inc.,
v.
BRIDGEPORT DREDGE & DOCK CO.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: BYERS

BYERS, District Judge.

The libelant, as owner of the motor vessel known in June, 1931, as the Patchogue, seeks to recover the damages said to have been sustained by the vessel, because it was negligently hauled out on the marine railway of the respondent at Bridgeport, Connecticut, on June 3, 1931.

The Patchogue is a passenger vessel, built in 1912, now plying between Babylon, L.I., and Fire Island, across the Great South Bay. She is of composite type construction; that is, wooden hull, with oak double 3-inch frames, 5X6, spaced 18 inches between centers, with steel angle iron deck frames, spaced 18 inches between centers; there are steel longitudinals below deck, and three steel thwartship bulkheads; the deck is wood.

 The vessel is 105 feet long, 23 feet beam, and her greatest draft is 3 feet; she is therefore a shallow draft vessel, having twin screws.

 In May, 1931, her original engines and boilers were removed, in Brooklyn, and she was placed in dry dock at Shewan's, where the tail shafts were drawn, examined and replaced (i.e., on deck), and general caulking and painting were done following a three-year lay-off, during which time she was out of commission. Thereafter the vessel was towed to the Wolverine Motor Works, on Johnson's Creek, Bridgeport, Connecticut, where two Diesel motors, weighing about 13,000 pounds each, were installed.

 When the shafts had been connected, and the vessel was ready to receive her propellers, she was towed to the respondent's yard to be hauled out on the marine railway, where the propellers were put in place.

 This was done pursuant to an exchange of letters between the parties, as follows:

 "Great South Bay Marine Corp.

 "New York Office

 "17 Battery Place

 "April 30, 1931

 "Bridgeport Dredge & Deck Co., 1024 Main Street, Bridgeport, Conn.

 "Gentlemen: We expect in a short time to send a boat to the Wolverine Motor Works for installation of engines and would appreciate knowing if you have any facilities available either for hauling out or docking the boat in the event that it is necessary for us to dock her. This boat is 105 feet long by about 22 1/2 feet beam and draws about 3 feet of water. She is a shallow draft twin screw boat.

 "We would appreciate knowing if you have the facilities for such work what the cost of docking would be and what you would charge for lay days.

 "Thanking you and awaiting your reply, we remain.

 "Yours very truly,

 "Great South Bay Marine Corp.

 "J. W. Fristik, ...


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