300. Sorting different consignments.

Where the cargo is composed of goods consigned to different consignees, it is the shipowner's duty to deliver to each his proper goods1. Thus, where goods of the same description are shipped under different bills of lading, the shipowner must appropriate the correct quantity to be delivered under each bill of lading2; and, if the various consignments are distinguished by different marks, he must sort them accordingly3. Where the marks become obliterated during the voyage so that it is no longer possible to identify the several consignments, either wholly or in part, the shipowner must deliver to each consignee