U.S. Supreme Court
Ward v. Peck, 59 U.S. 18 How. 267 267 (1855)
Ward v. Peck
59 U.S. (18 How.) 267
The courts of admiralty of the United States have jurisdiction of petitory as well as mere possessory actions.
The cases of The Tilton, 5 Mason 465, and Taylor v. Royal Saxon, 1 Wall.Jr. 322, confirmed.
The abandonment of a ship by her owners to the underwriters does not operate to ratify the title of one who claims her under an unauthorized sale by the master.