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THE L.T.C. NO. 6

October 11, 1946

THE L.T.C. NO. 6. THE TUG RUSSELL NO. 20. THE SOCONY NO. 23. LAKE TANKERS CORPORATION
v.
VAL-LINE, Inc. et al.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: MOSCOWITZ

A hearing has been had on the exceptions of respondent -val-Line, Inc., to the interrogatories propounded by the claimant-respondent Russell Bros. Towing Co., Inc.

According to the pleadings the Lake Tankers Corporation, as owner of the tank barge L.T.C. No. 6, the libellant herein, on or about February 19, 1943, chartered the barge L.T.C. No. 6 to respondent Val-Line, Inc. It is alleged that the barge was thereafter returned in a damaged condition. The respondent employed Russell Bros. Towing Co., Inc., claimant-respondent, to tow the L.T.C. No. 6 from Mt. Vernon, New York, to Bayway, New Jersey. It is alleged that on this voyage the L.T.C. No. 6 came into contact with the barge Socony No. 109 in tow of the tug Socony No. 23, thus causing damage to the L.T.C. No. 6. There was a subsequent collision with the L.T.C. No. 6 due to a contact with the tug Russell No. 20.

The allegations of damage are general. There is no way to determine from the pleadings the damages caused by each of the collisions.

 Certain of the exceptions to the interrogatories were disposed of at the hearing. Exceptions to the following interrogatories will be considered now:

 '2(a) What part of the barge L.T.C. #6 will be claimed to have come into contact with the barge Socony #109, as alleged generally in paragraph 'Fifth' of the petition.

 '2(b) What part of the barge Socony #109 will be claimed to have come into contact with the barge L.T.C. #6, as alleged generally in paragraph 'Fifth' of the petition.

 '4(c) Set forth any such report, statement or log entry in full and complete detail.

 '5(c) Set forth any such report, statement or log entry in full and complete detail.

 '6 State the exact location of the alleged casualty of March 7, 1943 with distance and true bearings from two or more aids of navigation or prominent objects.

 '8(a) The part of the tug Russell #20 that is claimed to have collided with the barge L.T.C. #6.

 '8(b) The part of the barge L.T.C. #6 that is claimed to have collided with the tug Russell #20.

 '8(d) The part of this other barge that is claimed to have collided with the barge L.T.C. #6.

 '8(e) The part of the barge L.T.C. #6 that is claimed to have collided with this other barge.

 '10(d) The nature of such complaints, if any, setting them forth in full ...


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