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Limitation of Liability Hearings

Claim of

WILLIAM E. CARTER

 


 

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IN THE MATTER
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Petition of the OCEANIC STEAN NAVIGATION
COMPANY, LTD., for limitation of
liability as owner of the Steamship "TITANIC".
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THE CLAIM OF WILLIAM E. CARTER ALLEGES AS FOLLOWS:

 

I.

That he is a citizen of the United States and a citizen and resident of the State of Pennsylvania.

II.

That the above named petitioner is and at all times herein mentioned was a corporation organized and existing under the Laws of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and an English registered company and a common carrier, and the owner of the steamship "Titanic". At the times hereinafter mentioned the said steamship "Titanic" was a British sea-going ship, and upon information and belief had been duly registered pursuant to the Laws of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and hailed from the port of Liverpool in said Kingdom and was one of a line of cargo and passenger steamships operated by petitioner between Southampton and New York.

III.

That on or about April 10th, 1912, this claimant, together with his daughter, Lucille Carter, Jr. and his son, William Carter, both infants under the age of twenty-one years, took passage at Southampton, England on the steamship "Titanic" under contracts previously made between this claimant and the petitioner herein, for a valuable consideration paid to petitioner, by the terms of which contracts, petitioner agreed safely to transport this claimant, together with his daughter, Lucille Carter, Jr. and his son, William Carter, both infants under the age of twenty-one years as passengers, together with their luggage and personal effects from Southampton to New York.

IV.

That while on said voyage and on the high seas in or near latitude 41 d. 46 m. N., longitude 50 d. 14m. W„ said steamship "Titanic" collided with a large iceberg on or about April 14th, 1912, and shortly afterward sank, causing the death of a large number of persons and the loss of the cargo, baggage and personal property contained in said vessel. That such loss of the steamship "Titanic" and the lives and property of persons on board thereof was caused by the wrongful acts, fault and negligence of petitioner, Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, Limited, and of petitioner's agents and servants in the navigation of said vessel and in failing to make the said vessel seaworthy and properly manned, equipped and supplied, and otherwise, and such loss and destruction of lives and property was with the privity, fault and knowledge of the petitioner, and occurred without fault on the part of this claimant.

V.

That included in the property so lost and destroyed as aforesaid were certain luggage and personal effects, the property of this claimant, which petitioner had contracted safely to transport from Southampton to New York. The said property was never salved or recovered and an itemized list thereof, with the market values of each item at the date of such loss, is annexed hereto and made a part hereof marked Schedule "A". No credits have been given thereon and no payments have been made on account thereof.

VI.

That by reason of the premises claimant has been damaged in the sum of Eleven thousand, six hundred and seventy Dollars ($11,670.00).

WHEREFORE Claimant hereby makes and files this claim against the above-named petitioner, Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, for the sum of Eleven thousand, six hundred and seventy Dollars ($11,670.00) and prays that the Commissioner appointed to receive claims herein will report to the Court that the said sum is due to this claimant and should be allowed to him out of any funds deposited in the Registry of the Court in this proceeding and that this Court decree that this Claimant recover from the petitioner herein damages as aforesaid with interest and costs and for such other and further relief as may be just.

WINTHROP & STIMSON,
            Attorneys for Claimant,
 Office and Post office Address:
        32 Liberty Street,
    Borough of Manhattan,
          City of New York, N.Y.

 


 

Southern District of New York, ss:
Egerton L. Winthrop, Jr. being duly sworn, says that he is one of the members of the firm of Winthrop & Stimson, attorneys for the above-named claimant; that the said claimant is absent from this district and more than a hundred miles from the City of New York, and deponent is authorized to act for said claimant herein; that he has read the foregoing claim and knows the contents thereof and the matters therein stated are true to the best of his knowledge, information and belief; that deponent's means of information are letters in his possession which he believes to be true.

Sworn to before me this
4th   day of      1913.                                                      (sig)   Egerton L. Winthrop, Jr.

(sig) Francis L. Robbins.
NOTARY PUBLIC, NEW YORK COUNTY, No. 64
REGISTER'S OFFICE No. 4030

 


 

SCHEDULE "A".

1 Renault 35 horse power automobile

$5,000.00

2 Dogs. . . $100.00 and $200.00 each

300.00

10 Leather boxes

500.00

24 Polo sticks

50.00

2 Dress suits at $125.00 each

250.00

1 Frock suit 

100.00

7 New suits at $50.00 each

350.00

3 Pairs flannel trousers 

30.00

2 Dressing wrappers, $15.00 and $45.00 each

60.00

15 Pairs boots

225.00

15 Pairs trees

75.00

5 Dozen shirts 

360.00

1 Dressing case complete 

150.00

2 Dozen stockings

60.00

Ties

60.00

1 Real pearl stick pin

25.00

1 Diamond stock pin 

100.00

2 Pairs sleeve links

40.00

4 Overcoats 

200.00

Hats, gowns, shoes, underwear, hose, coats, etc. of Lucile Carter, Jr., daughter of W. E. Carter


2,000.00

4 New suits, white suits, stockings, new boots, hats, etc., underwear, overcoats of William Carter, son of W. E. Carter


1500.00

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Total

$11,670.00