p.2 Assizes - Kinghorn vs British America Insurance Company - This was an action brought by Mr. G.M. Kinghorn, of this city, against the British America Insurance Company, for value of services rendered to the schooner Jenny Rumble and cargo in December last, lying in the ice between Timber Island and South Bay Point, for which services the sum of $1,000 was claimed by the plaintiff. The defence replied that the engine of the company had made a special bargain with Mr. Kinghorn to pay the sum of $200 for such service, which amount the company was prepared to pay.
Plaintiff's counsel stated that the defendant had requested Mr. Kinghorn to send a tug to the schooner's assistance, which at first he hesitated to do, but subsequently sent the steamboat Pierrepont, which succeeded in reaching the schooner in a dangerous position, and bringing her as far as Snake Island, when the tug became disabled, and the steamer Watertown was then sent to the rescue on the following morning, and succeeded in bringing in the schooner to port. The plaintiff called Capt. J. Allen, of CapeVincent, who stated that he was on the Pierrepont, when she went to the rescue, that she found the schooner at the place before named, and was unable to take her farther than Snake Island from injuries received by collision with ice in taking her that distance. Andrew Miller was sent by Captain Hinckley, jr., to Kingston, for the assistance of the Watertown.
Andrew Miller, mate of the Pierrepont, corroborated the evidence, and further described the most serious injuries of the steamboat to be three or four of her timbers jammed, on her starboard side, her plates were also worn by the ice. He considered the Pierrepont could not have got back to Kingston but for the aid of the Watertown. He had to caulk the seams from the inside to prevent her from leaking to a dangerous extent. He was the man who went ashore on the ice; it was very rough at the time and the undertaking was dangerous. Capt. Hinckley, Jr., Capt. of Pierrepont, testified to having gone to the rescue of the schooner and to the condition of steamtug after arriving with the Jenny Rumble at Snake Island. It was a common practice to charge $100 for 24 hours service for a steam tug in summer time, $60 was a common practice in ordinary times. Had received $200 for going to Ogdensburgh.
The Blue Water Once More - The Watertown had steam up today, may attempt to break up ice near wharf and leave for Cape Vincent on Monday.
-A handsome new schooner, named the Nemesis, was launched at Goderich on Friday, by Messrs. Waddel and Leonard.