Roberts v. Cargo Ship Ajax

Roberts v. Cargo Ship Ajax

Lower Court

  • Monroe County


  • 1836


  • 476


  • 865


The assistance of the said Libellant, who immediately hauled his schooner along side, and commenced transshipping cargo from the Ajax, & continued at this employment till about 12 o'clock when the violence of the wind and the waves. Compelled him to haul off having parted the schooners fasts & chains, and anchored where he [?] to remain to relieve the passengers & crew, if occasion should require it. That in about a half hour the anchor of the schooner broke & he was compelled to stand off & on in the gulf till morning, having sent his boat to the wreck apprising the master of the accident, & requesting him to raise a light if his assistance was wanted. That about 8 o'clock A.M. of the next morning this vessel got back to the wreck at which twice the Libellant W.H. Bethel arrived with the sloop Sudlow, which vessel was immediately hauled along side at the request of the master of the ship, & received the cabin passengers, about forty in number & their baggage. That the wind and sea be coming severe that sloop parted her fasts & chains, split two of her timbers & injured her band & bow. That Friday it too dangerous to continue the sloop along side, dropped her off & commenced boating cargo on board from the wreck, & finished loading her under deck about 6 o clock P.M of the 15[th], reserving the cabin & deck for the use of the passengers. That after loading the Sudlow, her crew continued their labors in hoisting goods on board the schooner Splendid & to hoist merchandise from the lower hold of the ship to prevent their receiving damage from the water, the ship having bilged in the morning. That they continued at this employment till 10 o'clock