At common law a shipowner is not an insurer of the safety of the passengers carried on his ship1. His responsibility, which may be limited by the terms of the contract of carriage2, is presumptively to take all due care3 to carry the passenger in safety4. This undertaking involves a duty to provide a ship as fit and seaworthy5 as care and skill can render her and he is liable for any defect which careful and reasonable examination would reveal, but not for latent defects6. Independently of special conditions imposed by statute or by contract
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