When the decedents attempted to drive from the petitioner's ferry boat, the chain holding the boat to the dock parted and the truck in which they were riding was precipitated into the river, drowning the occupants. In a proceeding in admiralty against the administrator of the deceased persons, under the statute limiting the liability of shipowners, the court held that the statute limiting liability applies only when the owner of the vessel is sought to be made liable for the fault of a servant or agent, and that the duty to provide a seaworthy vessel is a non-delegable one which had been violated by the failure to exercise extraordinary vigilance aided by the highest degree of skill. Henson v. Fidelity & Columbia Trust Co., (D. C. W. D. Ky. 1932) 3 F. Supp. 950.
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