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Titel: Our Seamen: An Appeal
Verlag: Kenneth Mason, Homewell, Havant, Hants, U.K.
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good
Art des Buches: Used
Hardcover. Dust jacket is a little scuffed and edge-worn, with numerous small scores. One or two light bumps on boards and spine. Leading corners are a little bumped. One or two light stains on front endpaper. Binding is sound and pages are tight throughout. Contents are clear. AF. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 425381
Inhaltsangabe: This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1873. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Underwriters.--Perhaps you may say (as many besides have said), "But are not nearly all these ships, and their cargoes too, insured? and is it to be supposed that the Insurance Companies" (if you lived in a seaport you would probably say "underwriters," but the general notion is as you put it)--"is it to be supposed that the Insurance people would not see to it, if they were thus plundered; and may we not safely rely upon their self-interest to rectify any wrong-doing in this respect?" Nor would you be alone in thinking something like this, for a gentleman high in office and in influence at the Board of Trade is reported, in the Journal of the Society of Arts, to have said in one of their meetings, "Let ships be lost, and let cargoes be lost, so long as underwriters are too sordid or too lazy to refuse payment of doubtful and fraudulent cases." Now, as this gentleman, had he been better informed, could long ago have influenced his chiefs to have legislated effectively in remedy of the existing state of things, and as there is too much reason to fear that a similar feeling has possessed the public, with the effect of stifling any reviving sense of duty in the matter, you will agree with me that it is of the utmost consequence to spare no pains (if it is a mistake) to show how it is so. The idea is that if a ship has been culpably and shamefully overloaded, or if a ship utterly unfit to go to sea has been sent out to sea insured for as much money as would build a new one, and so bring a positive gain to her owner by her being wrecked, that the Insurance people ought to prove this, and, if they did not bring the guilty to punishment, at least prevent them from making a profit by their wrong-doing. Now, I want to convince you that this idea is utterly erroneous, and...
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