Civ. A. No. 87-363-N.

742 F.Supp. 1327 (1990)

COLUMBUS-AMERICA DISCOVERY GROUP, INC., Plaintiff, v. The UNIDENTIFIED, WRECKED AND ABANDONED SAILING VESSEL, its engines, tackle, apparel, appurtenances, cargo, etc., located within a box defined by the following coordinates: Northern boundary — 31° 37' North latitude; Southern boundary — 31° 33' North latitude; Western boundary — 77° 2' West longitude; Eastern boundary — 76° 57' West longitude (believed to be the S.S. CENTRAL AMERICA), in rem, Defendant.

United States District Court, E.D. Virginia, Norfolk Division.

August 14, 1990.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Richard T. Robol, Philip N. Davey, Robert M. Tata, Hunton & Williams, Norfolk, Va., William J. Kelly, Jr., Curtis A. Loveland, Robert W. Trafford, Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, Columbus, Ohio, for plaintiff.

Guilford D. Ware, Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, Norfolk, Va., Douglas A. Jacobsen, Bigham, Englar, Jones & Houston, New York City, for claimants Atlantic Mut., et al.

William W. Nexsen, Stackhouse, Rowe & Smith, Norfolk, Va., John H. Reilly, Jr., Dickerson & Reilly, New York City, for Harry G. John and Jack F. Grimm.

Daniel R. Warman, John Y. Richardson, Jr., Williams, Worrell, Kelly, Greer & Frank, Norfolk, Va., for the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York.


KELLAM, Senior District Judge.

This admiralty action filed in this Court on May 27, 1987, is an outgrowth of the tragedy of the sea which occurred September 12, 1857, when the Central America sank in the Atlantic Ocean some 160 miles due East of Charleston, South Carolina, where the Gulf Stream meets the Sargasso Sea. She was said to be one of two luxury passenger ships making a run from Aspenwall, Panama, to New York. She was a wooden...

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