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SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES,
OCTOBER TERM, 1874.
THE LADY Pike.
1. Though on Appeals in admiralty, involving issues of fact alone, this court
will not, except in a clear case, reverse whero both the District and the Circuit Court have agreed in their conclusions, yet in a clear case it will
reverse even in such circumstances. 2. The master of a stenmer which undertakes to tow boats up and down a
river where piers of bridges in pede the navigution, is bound to know the width of his steamers and their tows, and whether, when lashed together, he can run them safely between piers through which he attempts to pass. Ho is bound also, if it is necessary for his safe navigation in the places where he chooses to be, to know how the currents set about the piers in different heights of dhe water, and to know whether, at high water, his steamers and their tows will safely pass 'over an obstruc.
tion which, in low water, they could not pass over. 9. The owners of steamers undertaking to tow ressels are responsible for
accidents, the result of want of proper knowledge, on the part of their captains, of the difficulties of navigation in the river in which the steamers ply.
APPEAL from the Circuit Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin,
The Germania Insurance Company had insured a cargo of wheat, laden on a barge at Shockopee, on the Minnesota River, and about to be towed by the steamer Lady Pike down that river to its junction with the Mississippi, thence down the Mississippi to Savaunah, Illinois; “ unavoidable dangers of the river ... only excepted.” The cargo was laden on the barge, and the transportation