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Vincent v. Lake Erie Transport Co.
Citation:124 N.W. 221 (Minn. 1910)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Lake Erie Transport (Defendant) owned a steamship named Reynolds that was legally moored at Vincent’s (Plaintiff) dock in Duluth, Minnesota in order to unload cargo. While the crew was unloading the cargo, a violent storm developed. The crew was unable to safely navigate away from the dock without risking severe damage to the Reynolds and her crew, so the Reynolds remained moored at the dock for two nights. During this time, the defendant exercised reasonable prudence and care in keeping the ship docked by ensuring the ropes attaching the Reynolds to the dock were maintained. However, the storm was so violent that the waves and wind on the starboard side repeatedly and violently threw the ship against the dock, resulting in about $500 of damage to the dock. Vincent sued Lake Erie for the damage.
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