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THE JERRY v. PETRIE

May 3, 1946

THE JERRY V. PETRIE. PETRIE TRANSP. CO., Inc.,
v.
CHRISTIE SCOW CORPORATION et al.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: BYERS

Findings of Fact

1. The scow Jerry V. Petrie owned by libelant (dimensions 115' by 35.6' by 9.2' in depth) was chartered to the Christie Scow Corporation on July 30, 1943, and by it on October 6, 1943, to the American Stevedores, Inc. The scow was delivered to the latter at the bulkhead of Concrete Units, Inc., on the westerly side of the Bronx River at 161st Street, on the evening of October 6, 1943, at the said bulkhead, where she was made fast, port side to.

2. On October 7th she started to take cargo, and 350 tons were loaded, and on the following day this continued, 330 tons being added, making her total cargo 680 long tons of concrete blocks.

 3. On the latter day when she was carrying about 600 tons, she grounded on her port side and took a list to starboard of two feet or so.

 4. The scowman reported the list to the foreman of the Concrete Units, Inc., Carmine Castiello, who was working around the docks, supervising concrete workers, notwithstanding which loading continued.

 5. The scow was taken away on the evening of the 8th, towage having been arranged by the Christie Scow Corporation.

 6. The Petrie proceeded to 30th Street and the East River; thence to Pier 4 Hoboken, and on October 15th to Bushey's Dock in Brooklyn; and no damage occurred to her during this interval other than as above stated.

 7. When the scow was docked at Bushey's, a twist was found; that is to say, the starboard bow and the port stern were down a matter of six inches.

 8. The Petrie took the twist while being loaded with concrete blocks at the said bulkhead, by reason of a strand which occurred there, caused by an uneven bottom in the berth, which caused the list referred to in finding 3.

 9. $ 5,582.53 was expended for general repairs to the scow between May 22 and June 8, 1943, and the vessel was in first-class condition in all respects as of the latter date, and no damage was sustained between then and her going on charter to Christie in July.

 10. The said scow Petrie was in all respects sound and seaworthy when delivered by libelant to Christie Scow Corporation on July 30, 1943.

 11. The said scow was returned by Christie to the libelant on or about October 16, 1943, in damaged condition not caused by ordinary wear and tear.

 12. The said scow was in the condition described in finding 10, when she was delivered by Christie to American Stevedores, Inc., on October 6, 1943.

 13. The said scow was in the condition described in finding 11 when she was returned to Christie on ...


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