The opinion of the court was delivered by: GANEY
The libel here alleges a cause of action for maintenance and cure and wages, as well as traveling expenses.
1. The libellant, an American Seaman, age 26, was in the employ of the capacity of purser.
2. He had signed shipping articles to serve aboard the vessel for a foreign voyage, the term of which was not to exceed 12 calendar months, at $ 212.50 per month and found.
3. The shipping articles made provision as follows: 'No dangerous weapons or grog allowed and none to be brought on board by the crew'.
4. On the 10th day of September, 1946, the vessel was docked in the Port of Cardenas, Cuba, and about seven o'clock of that day a number of officers gathered in the libellant's quarters after dinner preparatory to going ashore when a drink was suggested.
5. The libellant produced a bottle of rum and while trying to open it by striking the bottom of the bottle with his right hand, the bottle broke, causing his left wrist to be cut, severing an artery and four tendons.
6. An improvised tourniquet was applied and he was brought ashore to the Cardenas Clinic where he was treated. Infection set in and several days later on September 14, 1946, he was discharged from the Clinic and advised to proceed to his home and he accordingly secured transportation to Havana by airplane.
7. At Havana he received treatment from a local physician and flew from there to Miami and thence to New York, where he took a train to Philadelphia and arrived home on September 15th.
9. The libellant in opening the bottle of rum committed an act of gross indiscretion and the entire circumstances cannot be attributed to 'in the service of the ship'.
1. This court has jurisdiction of the parties and the cause of action.
2. Under the law and the evidence the verdict shall be for ...