Sumerian Laws Handbook
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(iv 42-v 11) If a man rents a boat and his agreed route is established
for him, but he violates its route and the boat sinks in that place - thus
he has acted lawlessly; he shall replace the boat and he shall measure
and deliver in grain its hire.
(v 12-20) If a man rents a boat, and he destroys the wooden . . .
and the wooden . . . , he shall weigh and deliver one-half of its value
(v 21-26) If the boat sinks, he shall replace the boat and return its
hire to the quay.
(v 27-31) If an upstream-boat sinks a downstream-boat, he (the captain/owner
of the upstream-boat) shall replace the (lost) boat.
(v 32-36) If a downstream-boat sinks an upstream-boat, he (the captain/owner
of the downstream-boat) will not replace the (lost) boat.
(v 37-44) If a man commits his boat to a boatman for one year, he (the
boatman) shall measure and deliver in grain its hire at the completion
of its term.
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Source of text: Roth, Law Collections of Mesopotamia
and Asia Minor (1997: Scholars Press).