Can a shipmaster be sued in a civil court?

Yes: see, for example, the case of Adler v. Dickson (1955) (The Himalaya) under LAW OF TORT in Section B. In recent years there have been several reported cases of cruise ship passengers suing (or threatening to sue) masters in person for negligence, e. g. after sailing into heavy weather despite a poor weather forecast.

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