MARITIME CAUSE. Maritime causes are those arising from maritime contracts,
whether made at sea or on land, that is, such as relate to the commerce,
business or navigation of the sea; as, charter parties, affreightments,
marine loans, hypothecations, contracts for maritime service in building,
repairing, supplying and navigating ships, contracts and quasi contracts
respecting averages, contributions and jettisons; contracts relating to
marine insurance, and those between owners of ships. 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2621.
2. There are maritime causes also for torts and injuries committed at sea.
3. In general, the courts of admiralty have a concurrent jurisdiction with courts of law, of all maritime causes: and in some cases they have exclusive jurisdiction.