Nathaniel Brown, Appellant, v. Amoco Shipping Company, Appellee, 430 F.2d 1179 (4th Cir. 1970)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 430 F.2d 1179 (4th Cir. 1970) Argued October 5, 1970
Decided October 12, 1970

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at Norfolk; John A. MacKenzie, Judge.

Stuart V. Carter, Norfolk, Va. (C. Arthur Rutter, Jr., and Breit, Rutter, Cohen, Ermlich & Friedman, Norfolk, Va., on the brief), for appellant.

Joseph A. Gawrys, Norfolk, Va. (Vandeveter, Black, Meredith & Martin, Norfolk, Va., on the brief), for appellee.

Before WINTER, CRAVEN and BUTZNER, Circuit Judges.


Under instructions concededly "accurate * * * as far as they go", the jury returned a general verdict in favor of Amoco Shipping Company. We have carefully considered Seaman Brown's other points of error — failure of the district judge to rule as a matter of law that the ship was unseaworthy, and to exonerate Brown of contributory fault, and the reception of demonstrative evidence, and conclude that the judgment below should be