U.S. Supreme Court
The Clara, 102 U.S. 200 (1880)
102 U.S. 200
A small schooner, having no watch on deck, was lying at anchor inside the Delaware Breakwater in a very dark night, when vessels were constantly arriving for shelter from an approaching storm. Among them was one well manned, which, in proceeding to a proper anchorage, without any fault of either omission or commission on her part, collided with and sunk the schooner. If a sufficient watch had been on the deck of the latter, the collision might have been avoided. Held that the vessel was not liable.
The facts are stated in the opinion of the Court.