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Torts Keyed to Farnesworth
United States v. Carroll Towing Co.
Citation:159 F.2d 169 (2d Cir. 1947)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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A barge owned by the Conners Maritime Company, the Anna C, was tied to a pier. The Anna C was holding cargo (flour) that belonged to the United States (Plaintiff). Conners Maritime Company had a bargee watching over the Anna C, but he had been absent for the past 21 hours.
A tugboat owned by Carroll Towing Co. (Defendant) was hired by Grace Line to move another barge in the harbor. In order to get to the barge, the Grace Line employees had to retie the Anna C. Due to their negligence, the Anna C became untied from the pier around 2:00PM and crashed into a tanker, puncturing the Anna C. The Anna C and Plaintiff’s cargo sank. Multiple actions ensued amongst the parties, with the Court finding Grace Line was negligent and partly responsible for damages.
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