On April 13, 1992 water from the Chicago River poured nonstop into a freight tunnel running under the river and thence into the buildings in the downtown Chicago Loop. Chicago is a fair sized town and, during the last 100 years, has always been located in the Northern latitudes, so the buildings are constructed with basements. The floodwaters entered the lower levels of so many buildings that the event became known as the “Chicago Flood.”
Thus, the Admiralty Extension Act extends admiralty jurisdiction, along with its sometimes bewildering remedies and procedures (in this case, the Limitation of Vessel Owners’ Liability Act), to those acts which occur on land but are proximately caused by vessels in navigation.
More next week on the Admiralty Docket. Until then may God Almighty grant you pleasant sailing.