TECHNICAL RESOURCES

Ship Wakes Fade but the Paper Trail Remains

By Pierce Power

“Chasing the Paper Trail, Discovery for Claim Recovery”

Author:  Pierce Power

Published:  1997

A ship collision leaves no skid marks, but we are often asked to figure out what happened.  The examination of physical evidence is very important, but even when no physical evidence remains, a ship still leaves a paper trail.

This 1997 paper by Pierce Power provides guidance as to which documents may exist that can provide further insight.

Since that time a ship’s paper trail has become more extensive, and this paper identifies only a fraction of what needs to be examined today.

We often describe the paper trail as the edges of the puzzle.  Without the edges, filling in the center is a very difficult task indeed.

To download the full paper click this link:  Chasing_Paper_Trail