maritime law. A proclamation, or order of state, usually
in time of war, or threatened hostilities, prohibiting the departure of
ships or goods from some, or all the ports of such state, until further
order. 2 Wheat. 148.
2. The detention of ships by an embargo is such an injury to the owner as
to entitle him to recover on a policy of insurance against "arrests or
detainments." And whether the embargo be legally or illegally laid, the
injury to the owner is the same, and the insurer is equally liable for the
loss occasioned by it. Marsh. Ins. B. 1, c. 12, s. 5, 1 Kent, Com. 60 1
Bells Com. 517, 5th ed.
3. An embargo detaining a vessel at the port of departure, or in the
course of the voyage, does not, of itself, work a dissolution of a charter
party, or the contract with the seamen. It is only a temporary restraint
imposed by authority for legitimate political purposes, which suspends, for
a time, the performance of such contracts, and leaves the rights of parties
untouched, 1 Bells Com. 517, 8 T. R. 259, 5 Johns. R. 308, 7 Mass. R. 325,
3 B. & P. 405-434, 4 East, R. 546-566.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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