Limitation of Liability Hearings

CLAIM OF HELEN CANDEE - Cont.





UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT,
Southern District of New York.

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IN THE MATTER
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THE OCEANIC STEAM NAVIGATION COMPANY,
LIMITED.
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA )
District of Columbia, : ss
City of Washington )



HELEN C. CANDEE, being duly sworn deposes and says as follows:

That The Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, Limited, is, and at all the times hereinafter 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 end was one of a line of cargo and passen­ger steamships operated by petitioner between Southampton and New York.

That deponent is a citizen of the United States and a resident of the City of Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America. That on or about the 14th day of April, 1912, she was lawfully a passenger on the S. S. Titanic, owned by The Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, Limited, having engaged passage and received contract of transportation from Cherbourg to New York together with her baggage and personal effects.

That on or about the said 14th day of April, 1912, the said S. S. Titanic, owned and operated by The Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, Limited, came into collsion with an iceberg.

That the said collision happened without any fault or negligence on the part of this claimant and occurred solely and wholly by reason of the negligence and carelessness of the said The Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, Limited, its agents, servants and employees in charge of the said S. S. Titanic, and with the privity, fault and knowledge of The Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, Limited.

That this claimant shortly after said collision was forced by the officers and agents of said Company to jump from the deck of said ship into a life boat at a considerable distance beneath this claimant, in Which life boat were a number of oars and other easily movable articles; that no search or examination of said boat had been made, nor any proper arrangement of said oars and other articles therein so that passengers could safely jump therein; that upon landing in the bottom of said Life boat, said claimant without fault of her own, broke one or more bones in her ankle and injured her knee, and was obliged to and did remain in said boat without attention for many hours, and was obliged to and did assist in rowing said Life boat for a long time during the night aforesaid.

That by reason of said collision and the orders of the said S. S. Titanic, and without any fault on the part of this claimant, and the severe physical injuries, she was made physically ill, and received a severe shock to her nervous system, and did for a long time suffer severe physical pain and was compelled to expend large sums of money for medicine and medical attendance, and was confined to her home for a long time by reason thereof, and still suffers lameness.

This claimant at the time of said collision had with her on the said S. S. Titanic, baggage, wearing apparel, valuables and manuscripts, which the said The Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, Limited, had agreed to transport safely for her to her destination, which was never salved or recovered, the value of which baggage, wearing apparel, valuables and manuscripts amounted to $4,046., all of which baggage, wearing apparel, valuables and manuscripts were lost by said collision and without any fault on the part of this plaintiff. An itemized list of these articles together with their value is hereto annexed and marked "Exhibit A", and made a part of this proof of claim as if herein fully set forth.

WHEREFORE, your claimant prays that her claim may be allowed In the above entitled matter for the sum of $10,000.

Helen C. Candee (sig.)



Sworn to before me, this 4th
day of January, 1913.

Wm. G. Clary (sig.)