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Berizzi Brothers Co. v. Steamship Pesaro, 271 U.S. 562 (1926)

Berizzi Brothers Co. v. Steamship Pesaro

No. 334

Argued May 7, 1926

Decided June 7, 1926

271 U.S. 562


A ship owned and possessed by a friendly foreign government, and operated by it in the carriage of merchandise for hire, in the interest and service of the nation, is a public ship, and is immune from arrest under process based on a libel in rem by a private suitor, and the district court has no jurisdiction of the case under Jud.Code, § 24, cl. 3, granting that court jurisdiction of "all civil causes of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction." P. 271 U. S. 570.


Appeal from a decree of the district court in admiralty dismissing a libel in rem against a ship owned, possessed, and operated for trade purposes by the Italian government, for want of jurisdiction. See 277 F. 473.

Page 271 U. S. 569

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