In questions of international law we should not depart from any settled decisions, nor lay down any doctrine inconsistent with them.
Lord Hatherley, L.C., Udny v. Udny (1869), L. R. 1 Sc. & Div. Ap. Ca. 454.
The jurisdiction of the Court does not depend upon the existence of the ship, but upon the origin of the question to be decided, and the locality.
Dr. Lushington in the judgment of the Case of The Volant (1842), 1 W. Rob. 387.