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AMERICAN FARMER

The AMERICAN FARMER was involved in a collision with the fellow US ship WILLIAM J. RIDDLE on 31st July 1946 in dense fog on the mid Atlantic. She was abandoned by the crew and passengers, but did not sink and was salvaged. Much more about this incident and a photo of the ship here:
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Hit squarely on the port side, so I assume the court found that it was mainly the 'William J Riddle's' fault, although inevitably, there is always some blame on the ship that was originally the stand-on vessel.

As an old Master said to me "Son, if you're going to hit another ship, always do it on their starboard side !"

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Nice and wise quote Ozzie!

And otherwise, here the conclusions of the court according to this do***ent: https://www.leagle.com/decision/1952986102fsupp8841785

Conclusions of Law
1. The sudden turn of the S. S. William J. Riddle into the path of the S. S. American Farmer was due to the Riddle's faulty navigation and was the cause of the collision.
2. The fault of the Riddle was not within the knowledge or privity of its owner, and its petition to limit liability is therefore granted.
3. There was no contributory fault on the part of the Farmer.
4. The claimants are entitled to a decree.

If either party deems further findings and conclusions necessary, they may be submitted in accordance with this opinion.

Submit decree in accordance herewith.
 

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Nice post yet again Gijsha ... really interesting photo, two chaps on the Focstle head, two hatches open to inspect the holds and a host of other detail. Plus your second post giving details of the legal outcome.


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Photo of the crew on arrival at New York on August 10, 1946: https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/1219011/title/american-farmer/cat/504
 

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