National Marine Service, Inc., Appellant, v. H. S. Talley, Appellee, 348 F.2d 589 (5th Cir. 1965)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit - 348 F.2d 589 (5th Cir. 1965) July 12, 1965

Ben L. Reynolds, Houston, Tex., for appellant, Royston, Rayzor & Cook, Houston, Tex., of counsel.

Joseph Newton, Houston, Tex., for appellee, Fulbright, Crooker, Freeman, Bates & Jaworski, Houston, Tex., of counsel.

Before RIVES and BROWN, Circuit Judges, and NOEL, District Judge.


The district court held that a collision between appellee's tug and the tow of appellant's tug in the Houston Ship Channel resulted from the major faults of both tugs. The only damage was to appellee's tug, which sank and became a constructive total loss in the stipulated amount of $16,287. Dividing the damage, the district court entered judgment for the appellee against the appellant in the amount of $8,143.50, with interest from the date of the accident. The appellee has cross-assigned error.1 

Five of the witnesses testified orally before the court and three by deposition. We have carefully read and studied all of the testimony in connection with the exhibits, and we cannot set aside the findings of the district court as clearly erroneous.2  The district court did not abuse its discretion in awarding interest from the date of the collision.3 

The judgment is



See Horton & Horton, Inc. v. The S/S Robert E. Hopkins, 5 Cir. 1959, 269 F.2d 914, 916-917; Canadian Pac. Ry. Co. v. United States, 9 Cir. 1959, 272 F.2d 913, 918; Annotation 1 L. Ed. 2d 1834


McAllister v. United States, 1954, 348 U.S. 19, 75 S. Ct. 6, 99 L. Ed. 20


Carl Sawyer, Inc. v. Poor, 5 Cir. 1950, 180 F.2d 962, 963; The Hannah A. Lennen, D.C.Del.1948, 77 F. Supp. 471, 472