1935

AT

The I’m Alone Canada v US Join Commission

In 1929 the I’m Alone, a British schooner registered in Canada was ordered to heave to by the Wolcott, a US coastguard vessel, on suspicion of smuggling liquor, she was 10 miles off the Louisiana Coast. She fled and was pursued by the Wolcott and Dexter more than 200 miles off the US coast it was fired and sunk

Sinking of the vessel was not justified by anything in the Convention between US & GB. The I’m Alone, though a British ship of Canadian registry, was de facto, owned, controlled, and at the critical times, managed and her movements directed and her cargo dealt with and disposed of, by a group of persons acting in concert who were entirely, or nearly so, citizens of the US. In view of the facts, no compensation ought to be paid in respect of the loss of the ship or the cargo. The act of sinking the ship, however, by officers of the US, was an unlawful act, and the US ought formally to acknowledge its illegality and to apologise His Majesty’s Canadian Government, and should pay it $25,000