the thinjr, one ofaccilJent any legal fault in. the ship or The. Coleridge, 72 Fed. 676; Beltz.v. City of 148 N. Y. 67, 69, 7(),;42 N. E. 401. The libelis, therefore, dis,missed, but without costs.
THE POHATCONG. RAMSEY et al. v. THE POHATCONG. (District Court, S. D. New York. December
SA.LVA.GE-STRANDlNG-HIlLP RIlFUSBD BY MA.STER-CQMPENSA.TION DISALLOWED.
A tug with two barges in tow, ran them upon Man-of-War Rock in the East river. She then went to Hoboken for help from the owners to get them off. While gone, the libelants' tug repeatedly offered to prill off the barge P., which the master refused, expecting his tug to return soon. It being near the turn ot the tide, the libelants' tug, without the· master's assent, soon took hold, and in a short time, with the help of tug, pulled the P. off and took her to a safe place, without damage; the other barge remained on the rock over a tide and suffered damage. Held, that the situation was one fairly within the scope of the master's judgment, under his general instructions. not to receive outside help in such casell, and that compensatian tor th!! salvage service, though of s0!D:e value, must be retused.
This was a libel in rem by Malcom RaJnsey and others against the barge Pohatcong to recover compensation for alleged salvage serv-
. Carpenter & Park, for libelants.
H3lllilton Odell, for claimants.
BROWN, District Judge. On the morning of June 20, 1896, the barges Pohatoong and Nl;l.yaug, partly laden with coal, in going up the East river in tow of the tug ScrantoJ;l., grounded on Man-of-War Rock, near the end of the ledge running southerly from the southerly end of Blackwell's Island. The Scranton returned to Hoboken to procure additional help in ,order to take the barges off the rock. While gone, the tug Ramsey, belonging to the libelants,.c3llle up and offered to pull the Pohatoong off. The captain, however, refused to receive any aid, saying his tug had gone to get help from the owners. The pilot of the Ramsey lay near by for a considerable time, .renewing his former offer,and suggesting that the tide would soon begin to ebb, and that the return of the Scranton would be too late to get the barges off. The master, of the Pohatcong, however, persistently rejected these offers. Not long afterwards the master of the Ramsey ordered a line thrown to the Pohatcong, and directed two seamen upon the latter tQ make it fast, which they did,and after a few minutes' work, with some help from the tug McCarty, the Pohatcong was pulled off the rocks and taken to the flats near Twenty-Sixth street, where she was anchored with but little d3lllage. When the captain of the Scranton returned not long after, the Nayaug could not be pulled off, and she remained on the rockslintil the next tide. The service rendered by the Ramsey, I have no doubt, was a bene-
ficial one. There is no reason to suppose that the Pohatcong would not have sustained considerable additional damage had she remained on the rocks· until the ne:s::t high tide. The Ramsey's aid, however, was positively and persistently refused by the master, even after his attention was called to the danger. I credit the testimony of the master that he. was below attending to the pumps at the time when the Ramsey was made fast, and I cannot find that there was any waiver by him of his previons refusal, or any aoceptance by him of the Ramsey's services, or that the act of the seamen· was in any way binding upon the master or the owners of the barge, as against the master's previous refusal. The master testifies that he was obeying the general orders of the superintendent of the line. It is' quite possible that the general orders referred to were not designed to be applied in emergencies when obedience to them would involve great damage to the barge, which might be avoided by receiving aid. But it is equally possible that it was intended to rely absolutely on the judgment of the master as to the kind and amount of danger to the barge in any case that might arise, and whether. any deviation from his general instructions should be made. His judgment in this case, in refusing aid when the tide was near turning, may, perhaps, have been mistaken, and the tugmen may have understood the necessities of the case better than he. But the case was one involving only ordinary property interests, and to a moderate amount; it did not' involve imminent danger to life, nor the danger of large losses of the property of third persons. The refusal of the master cannot be said to have been so palpably and so grossly wrong as to amount to positive misconduct in reference to the claims of humanity, or the property interests· of others, so as legally to justify intervention against his will. The case was not, I think, outside of the fair scope of the master's judgment in the exercise of his authority under the instructions given him. I must find, therefore, that the libelants, though rendering a service which I have no doubt was of some considerable value to the defendant, were nevertheless bound to respect the master's decision, and had no legal right to impose their services upon him. Whatever may be the libelants' moral claim to compensation, it is not one which the law C'an recognize. The J. W. Husted, 36 Fed. 604; The Chouteau, 5 Fed. 464; Id., 9 Fed. 211; Spreckels v. The State at Cali· fornia, 4.5 Fed. 649. It will be better in the long run, for all concerned, that the value of salvage services shall be fully appreciated, not merely from what is saved when the service is accepted, but through what is lost when it is injudiciously refused. The libel is dismissed, but without costs.
17 FEDERAL REPO,RTER.
THE ST. PAUL. OLARK et al.
THE ST. PAUL.
(District Court, S. D. New York. January 28;: 1897.)
SIIlAMES-SHIPPISG ARTICLEs-'-DrsCHARGE BEFORE VOYAGB BBG.A.N-RBV. ST. WAGIJiS ALLOWED.
Seamen who have signed shipping articles for a foreign voyage on a steamship, in pursuance articles have presented themselves tor the service' of the ship several times, and lire finally discharged before the commencement of the voyage in consequence of an accident to the steam pipe which renders their discharge proper, may recover compensation in rem under section 4527 of the Revised Statutes for the period of the voyage, not exceeding the one month specified iA the statute.
This was a libel by Henry Clark and others'against the steamer St. Paul to recover seamen's wages. . Griffin & Fitzgerald, for libelants. RobinsoIll Biddle & Ward, for claimants. BROWN, District Judge. On the 14th of December, 1895, the libelants were shipped by the master of the steamship St. Paul, as firelllen for a voyage from New York to Southampton and back, at various rates of wages. Shipping articles were signed by all. In accordance with the provisions of the articles, the libelants, on the 18th of December, presenrtJed themselves at the dock where the ship lay, prepared to enter uporn their work. A break, however, had. occurred in the main steam pipe leading to the port - engine of the steamship, rendering that engine useless, but not interfering with the working of the starboard engine, under which might have made the voyage, though much more slowly than her customary passage. On the 18th the libelants were notified of the accident to the steam pipe, and that they were not then wanted, but were told to present themselves again on the 19th, which they did, and were then told to present themsel ves again oil tlle following day. Ooming again on the'20th, they were told that the steamship could not be repaired in time to make her voyage; and they were thereupon discharged from the service of the vessel and told to apply to the shipping commissioner for their wages. Through the shipping commissioner they received three days' wages, protesting, however, that they were entitled to wages for the voyalld that the. receipt of three days' wages should not prejudice any of their rights or remedies. " I think the- -discharge of the libelants under the circumstances was reasonable and justifiable (see The Elizabeth, 2 Dod. 403), and except for the statute, probably no further wages or compensation could have been recovered by them. Section 4527 of the Revised Statutes, however, provides as follows:
"Any seaman who has signed an agreement and is thereafter discharged before the commencement of the voyage, or before one month's wages are earned'; without fault on his part justifying his discharge, and without his consent, shall be entitled to receive from the master or owner in addition to any wages he may have