A SHIPMASTER SUED
(Per Press Association.)
AUCKLAND, February 4. An action was * instituted at the Magistrate's Court, before Mr C. C. Kettle, S.M., by William Cook and Sots (Mr McGregor) against Frank Hemming (Mr Richmond), master of the steamer Rimvi.taka, by which plain-, tiff sought to recover the sum of £20 for damage alleged, to have been done to a coil of wire rope during the voyage from vLiverpool to Auckland. Counsel for the plaintiffs stated that he was proceeding against the master of the ship because in the bills of lading there was a clause Vwhifclr exempted the owners from any : damages caused by neglect on the part of their officers, and he submitted that the captain was also responsible for neglect .on the part of his officers. He would prove by the bill of lading that the rope was in apparent good order when shipped, .and it was damaged when discharged at Auckland. That, in his opinion, would constitute a case for the defendant, to answer. ;,.-. Evidence was. given, 'and 1 it was stated that the second officer of the vessel had admitted that the coil had been lashed to a stanchion with Manila rope and that it had broken loose in rough weather, causing damage. It was affirmed by witnesses that this method of securing cargo of the kind in the absence of means of packing was bad. , . Mr Richmond moved for a,non-suit on the ground that ho personal negligence had been shown against the defendant, that no evidence had been produced to show how the goods were shipped, and that the captain was not responsible for acts of his subordinate officers. At this stage the Court adjourned.
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DAMAGED CARGO., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8786, 5 February 1914
DAMAGED CARGO. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8786, 5 February 1914
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