The American Revolution in North Carolina

Cape Hatteras

June 7, 1780


Patriot Cdr:

Unknown
Loyalist Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

0
Killed:

Unk
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

Unk
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Original County: 

Hyde County
Present County:

Dare County

The Patriot ship Adventure was bound from St. Croix with a cargo of rum, sugar, and fruit, and she had been at sea for seventeen days. Forty leagues (120 statute miles) east of Cape Hatteras, she was spotted by two privateers from Bermuda, the brig Hammond and the sloop Randall.

Although a merchant ship, the Adventure put up a strong fight. For three hours, the three ships maneuvered around each other, most of the time within pistol shot. After suffering severe damage, the Hammond struck her colors, indicating surrender. However, the Adventure could not gain possession due to her own sails and rigging being disabled during the prolonged fight.

The Hammond was able to escape when the Randall towed her off.

The Adventure did not have a single man hurt in the engagement.

On her way to the James River, Virginia, the brig General Wayne and the schooner Grand Tyger joined the Adventure. They saw eleven privateers in the distance, waiting for easy prey, but the eleven left the small Patriot convoy alone.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Adventure - Capt. Unknown

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Brig Hammond - Capt. Unknown

Sloop Randall - Capt. Unknown.



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