In his Admiralty Law column, Rubin, Fiorella & Friedman partner James E. Mercante writes: Seamen have traditionally been regarded as 'wards' of the admiralty court and often treated with the tenderness of a guardian. As a 'protected' class, seamen have been afforded remedies in the most bizarre circumstances, from jumping out a brothel window ashore, to taking a fall while cavorting in a shoreside dance hall. A seaman who was accidentally shot by another seaman aboard ship, however, did not fare so well.
Mischievous Seamen Sometimes Get No Treat
New York Law Journal
October 31, 2012
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