Instead of entirely forfeiting a claim because of such an arrest, the in rem libelant was made answerable for "any damages" sustained as a result of the arrest if the libelant had either "actual or constructive knowledge that the vessel or cargo of a foreign state was involved." (131) In addition, the legislative history of the 1988 amendment makes clear that "the traditional in rem procedure ...
In these circumstances the libelants' objection that, to be entertained, the suggestion should come through official channels of the United States was well taken.").
are the same as in a libel in rem" in a federal court, and cited the conclusion, which likewise tracked a federal in rem pleading, that "'libelants
pray process in admiralty' against the steamer, 'her tackle, apparel, and furniture,' and that the same may be condemned to satisfy their damages and costs." Id.