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Torts Keyed to Underwood
In re Polemis
Citation:3 K.B. 560 (Ct. App. 1921)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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One day, the plaintiff’s ship was in port at Casablanca. Stevedores employed by the defendant were removing portions of cargo from the ship. The stevedores had placed wooden planks across the ship’s hold to assist them during the unloading of the ship. The stevedores also used slings to move the cargo up from the ship’s hold. Petrol vapors were in the air within the ship’s cargo due to leaking of benzene and petrol. In the course of heaving a sling of cases, the rope by which the sling was being raised or the sling itself came into contact with the boards placed across the forward end of the hatch, causing one of the boards to fall into the lower hold. The board ignited petrol vapors on the lower hold, resulting in the ship becoming engulfed in flames. Therefore, the ship was destroyed.
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