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IN RE CURTIS BAY TOWING CO.

December 26, 1944

In re CURTIS BAY TOWING CO. OF PENNSYLVANIA


The opinion of the court was delivered by: KALODNER

Pursuant to Admiralty Rule 31, 28 U.S.C.A. following section 723, claimant has filed interrogatories which are brought to the attention of the Court upon exceptions by the petitioner.

Claimant, administratrix of the estate of Joseph P. Conwell, instituted civil action against the petitioner, Curtis Bay Towing Company, to recover damages alleged to have been suffered by her by reason of the death of her husband, Joseph P. Conwell. Curtis Bay filed a petition for exemption from and limitation of liability and succeeded in restraining the civil action, and the case was referred to a Special Commissioner to appraise the two tugs involved and to receive claims. The Commissioner's report finding the value of the tugs was approved, with minor exceptions, by me in an opinion reported in 57 F.Supp. 114 (October 3, 1944).

 The general objection to the interrogatories is that they are "numerous, burdensome and vexatious"; the specific objection made to almost every question propounded is that it is immaterial and irrelevant, and some questions are objected to on the additional ground of calling for opinion. Since the interrogatories are indeed many, and in view of the nature of the objections, the matter may be disposed of without discussion.

 Objections to the following interrogatories are sustained: Nos. 3(c), 3(d), 3(e), 3(f); 4(f), 4(k) to 4(k)(4), inclusive; 6(b), 6(c), 6(e); 12; 13(a), 13(c) (2), 13(d), 13(h), 13(i); 15(b) and 15(c).

 Objections to Nos. 3, 6(f) and 8 are sustained as to everything following the first sentence in each.

 In No. 3(g) the following words may be stricken: "of your tugboats or were in any way concerned therewith, and in particular".

 In No. 4(d) the following words may be stricken: "and until her departure, giving date and hour of her departure".

 Objection to No. 4(e) is sustained as to everything following the words "Curtis Bay".

 Objection to No. 4(j) is sustained as to the words "icy, slippery, dry or otherwise". The words "covered with ice" may be substituted.

 Objection sustained to the words "slippery surfaces" wherever they are used in No. 11.

 Objection to No. 13(g) sustained except as to that part which seeks a statement as to when the deck of the Curtis Bay was last cleaned prior to Conwell's fall into the water.

 Objection to No. 14 sustained as to that part which requires exact copies.

 The rulings with respect to Nos. 14 and 15(b) and 15(c) are without prejudice to motion under Admiralty Rule 32, 28 ...


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