John E. Seamen et. al vs. Schooner Forester and Cargo

John E. Seamen et. al vs. Schooner Forester and Cargo

Lower Court

  • Franklin County

Date

  • 1839

Box

  • 476

Folder

  • 865

Transcript

brought as near the Forester as the shoals would permit and the goods were taken on board the Orleans in small boats Captain Seaman after taking such amount of the goods on board as he thought brought brought his Schooner into the Bay.

Cross-examined by Libellant

When vessel first got ashore used exertions to get her off, by the sails, but without success. After she had been gotten off by Seaman she was driven on shore again, this was in the night. Witness says that he would not have staid on the Schooner the first night she got ashore if she had belonged to him and been loaded with Gold. He considered her in imminent danger of going to pieces. The wind blew very heavy the night the Orleans came to his aid- after witness abandoned the Forester the crew were in the employment of Captain Seaman. The mate of the Forester after being employed by Captain Seaman refused to go on board saying that he would not go on board, for he considered his life as good as Captain Stevens. Captain Seaman used his best efforts to save the goods, and he and his men worked a great deal in the water. Whenever Seaman was on board of the Orleans he had a man in charge of the Forester- Witness has been a Seaman about Eighteen years- Cross-examined- being asked if Captain Seaman refused to go to his assistance, unless he abandoned the Forester and Cargo- Witness replies that he did not. A.H. Stevens

R. P. herring a witness produced by Libellants being sworn says- He is a seaman by profession- was on board the Forester during the time she was aground off St. George's Island, she was in imminent danger of going to pieces; at the time Captain Seaman went alongside the Forester, he had on the Orleans six