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

Master as aforesaid and Libellant was informed by the said A.H. Stevens Master as aforesaid that his vessel the said Schooner Forester was the laying outside the bar in great distress and likely to become a total wreck. And the said A.H. Stevens as aforesaid begged and requested libellant that he with the said Schooner Orleans would go to the immediate assistance of the said Forester and if possible save her and cargo.

Second- that afterwards on the evening of the same day the said Libellant master as aforesaid with the said Schooner Orleans made sail for the said Schooner Forester in distress, and in about four hours thereafter with great difficulty and danger was brought up as near to her as was practicable in order to render her every possible assistance. That said Libellant found the said Schooner Forrester was of Charleston, South Carolina of the further of {blank} or thereabouts having on board a crew of four or five men and four or five passengers and laden with a heavy cargo of merchandize and bound to New Orleans via Apalachicola and Mobile being the same Schooner proceeded against in this cause.

That the said Schooner Forester had stuck on the twenty fourth of the same month on the east Bank of St. Georges Island outside the bar and had been driven by the force of the winds and a heavy sea on the reef making out from said Island. That when Libellant came to her assistance she was in a most dangerous and perilous situation and in great hazard of being entirely lost. That she, the said Forester, was lying three feet out of water or thereabouts in the immediate vicinity of the brakes at the mercy of a heavy sea and wind. That the said A.H. Stevens master as aforesaid having previously made numerous and vigorous efforts to get