This document provides an overview of the facts and disposition of federal cases interpreting whether vessels are “public vessels” under U.S. admiralty law. This document is a supplement to Status of the U.S. Academic Research Fleet as Public Vessels under U.S. and International Law, which discusses these cases and other legal authorities relevant to a determination of whether U.S. academic research fleet vessels are public vessels. The cases in this document are arranged by circuit and type of court and are presented in reverse chronological order within each court. This document is to be used for research purposes only and is not legal advice.
Wheat, Erika, "Common Law Jurisprudence on Public Vessel Status in the United States: Annotated Cases" (2017). Sea Grant Law Fellow Publications. 67.