308. Taking care of the cargo.

Where cargo is carried under contract, the underlying liability of the shipowner is, as a bailee, to take reasonable care of the goods entrusted to him1. The extent of this duty varies according to the nature of the goods and the circumstances of the particular case2. If the goods, from their nature, require airing or ventilating, for example in the case of a fruit cargo, he must adopt the usual and proper methods for the purpose3. If the goods are capable of being damaged by water, he must keep the water away from them by pumping4, securing hatches during