Claim for Expenses Allegedly Incurred in the Maintenance and Repatriation of the Steamship Bessemer City

A-88073: Aug 19, 1937

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The Isthmian Steamship Company entered a claim for reimbursement of expenses alleged to have been incurred in the maintenance and repatriation of a part of the crew of the steamship Bessemer City, stranded off Lands End, England in November 1936. The Bessemer City was owned and operated by the Isthmian Steamship Company and the return of the shipwrecked seamen form Swansea, England to Montreal, Canada, was upon the steamship Steel Engineer owned and operated by the same company, and from Montreal to New York, by rail. The State Department approved the claim , payable from the appropriation "Contingent Expenses, Foreign Service, 1937."

The claim is disallowed for the reason that the requirements were not met prior to the relief furnished by the owners of the wrecked vessel, in that no request was made by the Consul to furnish such transportation and other relief, no agreement was entered into between the Consul and the Department of State as to the amount to be paid, and no evidence was furnished that the Consul issued a destitute seamens certificate covering the transportation so furnished. Also, the owners of a wrecked vessel voluntarily spending money for subsistance and necessaries, or other relief, for the crew of a wrecked vessel are not entitled to recover such amount from the United States.