Roberts v. Cargo Ship Ajax

Roberts v. Cargo Ship Ajax

Lower Court

  • Monroe County


  • 1836


  • 476


  • 865


The said Libellants respectfully represents, and give the Court to be informed that about 3 o'clock P.M of the 14[th] last the Libellants Roberts discovered a ship ashore on the Easterly part of Carysfort Reef and on boarding her about an hour afterwards, found her to be the ship Ajax, Captain Hearn master, of & from New York bound to Mobile, with an assorted cargo. On the said libellant enquiring of the master if he desired assistance, he received for answer that he did not certainly know, but would call on him when he should desire his aid. About seven o'clock P.M of the same day the mater of the Ajax sent his boat alongside the schooner Splendid for the assistance of the said libellant, who immediately hauled his schooner alongside & commenced transshipping cargo from the Ajax, and continued at this employment till about twelve o'clock, when the incidence of the wind & the waves compelled him to haul off, having parted the schooners fasts & chains, and anchored where he promised to remain to relieve the passengers & crew if occasion should require it. In about a half hour, the anchor of the schooner broke & he was compelled to stand off and on in the Gulf till morning, having sent his boat to the wreck apprising the master of the accident, & requesting him to raise a height if his assistance was wanted. About 8 o'clock A.M. of the next morning, this vessel got back to the wreck: at which time the libellant Wm. H.B. that arrived with the sloop Sudlow which vessel was immediately hauled alongside, at the request of the master of the ship, & received the cabin passengers about forty in number & their baggage. The wind & sea becoming severe, the sloop parted her