U.S. Supreme Court
Carlisle Packing Co. v. Sandanger, 259 U.S. 255 (1922)
Carlisle Packing Company v. Sandanger
Argued March 24, 1922
Decided May 29, 1922
259 U.S. 255
CERTIORARI TO THE SUPREME COURT
OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON
1. According to the general maritime law, a seaman injured in the service of the ship on navigable waters may recover indemnity from the ship or her owner if the injuries were in consequence of her unseaworthiness, but not upon the ground of the negligence of the master or any member of the crew. P. 259 U. S. 258.
2. These rules apply whether the suit be in an admiralty or in a common law court. P. 259 U. S. 259.
3. Irrespective of negligence, a motor boat is unseaworthy if not equipped with life preservers or if, when she leaves the dock on waters where there prevails a custom to start galley fires by means of coal oil, a can marked "coal oil" is filled with gasoline. P. 259 U. S. 259.