The American Revolution in South Carolina

Port Royal Ferry

September 2, 1782


Patriot Cdr:

Brigadier General
Mordecai Gist (MD)
British Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Beaufort District
Present County:

Beaufort County

A detachment of Brigadier General Mordecai Gist’s troops attacked two British galleys, capturing one, the Balfour, and driving the other off - the Shark.


Brigadier General Mordecai Gist (MD) pursued the British to Port Royal Ferry after his previous engagement at Combahee Ferry. He brought a 6-pound cannon to oppose any British foraging parties. Two galleys that had been involved at Combahee Ferry were guarding the Port Royal Ferry - the Balfour and the Shark. He brought up his 6-pounder and opened fire on the two boats.

Both galleys slipped their anchors and attempted to escape, but the Balfour ran aground. Its crew did a hasty job of spiking the guns and they abandonded the boat. The Patriots captured the Balfour with its cargo of beef, rice, and poultry. The Shark managed to escape.

After the Balfour was repaired she was outfitted with two 9-pounders and placed under the command of Lt. Adams.



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