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H.M.S. "VANITY."

Lloyd's Law Reports

H.M.S. "VANITY."

(1945) 79 Ll.L.Rep. 594

ADMIRALTY DIVISION.

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

Collision-Ship manoeuvring to join convoy- Sailing without lights-Look-out-Helm and engine action - Applicability of Collision Regulations-Collision between steamship Welsh Trader and H.M.S Vanity off mouth of River Humber- Welsh Trader, outward bound from River Humber, under instructions to join southbound convoy-Loom of H.M.S. Vanity (escorting south-bound convoy) sighted close to (600 to 700 ft.) on port bow-Port light of Welsh Trader put on and off- No alteration of course and speed by Welsh Trader-No evidence that Welsh Trader had reached pre-arranged convoy rendezvous-Welsh Trader sighted by H.M.S. Vanity about 400 yards distant on starboard beam, apparently on parallel course-Dimmed lights switched on, her wheel ported and later hard-a-starboarded with engines full speed ahead-Impact between stem of Welsh Trader and starboard side of H.M.S. Vanity-H.M.S. Vanity unaware that ships would be joining her convoy from River Humber- Action brought by Welsh Trader against commanding officer of H.M.S. Vanity- Court informed that cross-action by Lords Commissioners of Admiralty against Welsh Trader was pending.

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