LAW QUOTES

MASTER’S LIABILITY

… the owner or master remains always responsible, and this more justly, because he cannot be ignorant of the bad state of the ship; but even if he be ignorant, he must still answer, being necessarily bound to furnish a ship good and capable of the voyage.

Valin
René-Josué Valin,
1695-1765
Ordinance de la Marine, liv. iii. tit. 3, art. 12.

see also Master and Pilot