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THE "BENRINNES."

Lloyd's Law Reports

THE "BENRINNES."

(1945) 79 Ll.L.Rep. 541

ADMIRALTY DIVISION.

Before Mr. Justice Willmer, sitting with Captain G. Curteis and Captain C. St. G. Glasson, Elder Brethren of Trinity House.

Collision - River - Starboard-hand rule - Channel obstructed by anchored vessels- Vessel moving into fairway - Collision between motor vessel British Gratitude and steamship Benrinnes in Gravesend Reach, River Thames, in broad daylight- British Gratitude (in ballast) bound down river-S.W. gale-Anchored vessels lying wind-roe in mid-channel with their sterns to northward-British Gratitude navigated to northward of anchored vessels-Benrinnes (laden), originally at anchor down river of anchored vessels, nosing her way from behind anchored vessels to pass up river-Vessels sighted by each other-Starboarding by British Gratitude in an attempt to pass as closely as possible to sterns of anchored vessels- Porting by Benrinnes-Duty of vessels to pass port to port-Contention that it was not "safe and practicable" for deep-draughted Benrinnes to starboard - Meaning of "fairway"-Whether British Gratitude was under duty to pass to southward of anchored vessels-Look-out-Port of London River By-laws, 1938, Rule 38.

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