579.6L3/64: Telegram

The Chargé in Italy ( Kirk ) to the Secretary of State

48. For Latchford from Cooper. Final draft liability convention agreed Friday night. Will sign Monday morning for continental United States excluding Alaska. Results excellent. Liability fixed weight basis instead value with maximum per ship not less than 600,000 francs nor more than 2,000,000. Maximum per person 200,000. Maximum deposit for one company 3,000,000 covering all ships irrespective number if deposit used instead insurance. If insurance, guaranty or deposit given then limitation liability applies every accident arising from fault, pilotage, operation, navigation and applies other accidents except when caused by wilful misconduct. Other changes from original draft less important. Arrive Vulcania 10th bringing report and copy conventions. [Cooper.]

Kirk