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Lloyd's Law Reports


(1945) 79 Ll.L.Rep. 159


Before Lord Justice Bucknill,+ sitting with Captain W. E. Crumplin and Captain T. L. Owen, Elder Brethren of Trinity House.

Collision-Convoy-Defective steering gear- Collision between steamships Photinia and Llanover in Firth of Forth-Ships in same convoy, bound from Tyne to Methil - Llanover overtaking Photinia or port side-Steering gear of Llanover jammed to starboard-Failure of special hydraulic rudder brake to function-"Not under control" signals sounded and engines stopped-Photinia hailed to "put your helm hard-a-starboard" - Engines of Photinia put astern and helm put hard-a-starboard when she realised that Llanover was swinging to starboard-Impact between starboard bow of Llanover and port bow of Photinia - Evidence that Llanover's steering gear had jammed on the previous day just after leaving Tyne -Unexplained cause-Prima facie negligence - Onus of rebuttal - Duty of Photinia as overtaken ship - Whether guilty of any lack of seamanlike care and skill.

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