SHIP BRAWL LEGAL DOCUMENTS. Maritime.
SHIP BRAWL LEGAL DOCUMENTS

SHIP BRAWL LEGAL DOCUMENTS

Two manuscript depositions brought before the New York Mayor’s Court in 1799 providing very different accounts of a brawl aboard a boat docked at Cape Francois. A witness for the boat’s captain, George Watson, claimed the plaintiff, Adam Masterson, provoked a fight by calling the captain “out of his name” during a drunken altercation. The witness, John Osborne, was the master of the schooner Fair Trader, which was docked next to the boat. He said Masterson was among the crewmen who missed the gun signal to be aboard the boat and was nearly jailed. However, Captain Watson spoke with the guard at the dock to help him and some other late sailors avoid imprisonment and a fine. In contrast, the affidavit by De Bene Efse, a witness for the plaintiff, claimed he and Masterson never left the boat and the captain struck his crewmate with an oar after he commented on the captain staying so late on shore. The two documents are each handwritten on 16 ½” x 14” paper which is folded in half, with some general toning and minor wear. Item #73836

Price: $250.00

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