(Mar. 9, 1920, ch. 95, § 2, 41 Stat. 525; Pub. L. 86–770, § 3, Sept. 13, 1960, 74 Stat. 912; Pub. L. 104–324, title XI, § 1105, Oct. 19, 1996, 110 Stat. 3967.)

References in Text

Such corporation, referred to in text, probably means a corporation mentioned in section 741 of this Appendix.


1996—Pub. L. 104–324 struck out “The libelant shall forthwith serve a copy of his libel on the United States attorney for such district and mail a copy thereof by registered mail to the Attorney General of the United States, and shall file a sworn return of such service and mailing. Such service and mailing shall constitute valid service on the United States and such corporation.” after “liability is found.”
1960—Pub. L. 86–770 amended first sentence by substituting “owned or possessed” for “owned and possessed” and “, any appropriate nonjury proceeding” for “at the time of the commencement of the action herein provided for, a libel”, inserting “or if a private person or property were involved” and striking out “as the case may be, provided that such vessel is employed as a merchant vessel or is a tugboat operated by such corporation” after “such corporation”.

Effective Date of 1960 Amendment

Section 4 of Pub. L. 86–770 provided in part that: “The amendment made by section 3 [amending this section] shall apply to any case or proceeding brought after the date of enactment of this Act [Sept. 13, 1960].”