The “slop chest” statute

May 15, 2013

  • 348 Seamen
  • 348k10 k. Provisions and Supplies.

348 SeamenThe slop chest statute, although intended primarily for convenience of seamen and for replacement in emergency situations of articles of clothing, is to be reasonably applied, and Congress did not intend by the statute that a merchant ship should be required to carry a large assortment of articles of clothing sufficient at all times to supply every seaman with all articles of clothing which he might desire to purchase in every size suitable for every member of crew.
Smith v. U.S., 66 F.Supp. 933 (D. Md. 1946)