Pursuers Lindsay and Allan sued Defender John Campbell for the price of a cable that they provided to his ship at the port of Greenock, the ship's home port. The cable was ordered by Daniel Clark, the ship’s master, without Campbell’s approval. In his defense, Campbell argued that a ship’s owner was not bound to pay for furnishings ordered by the master in a home port. However, Lindsay and Allan contended that an owner was liable for any ordinary furnishings ordered by the master, whether or not the ship was in a home port.
William Morison, The Decisions of the Court of Session (1811), pg. 2