The privateer Polly, commanded by Capt. Francis Morgan,
tried to run the gauntlet of British ships and make it into Charlestown
Harbor. The Polly was carrying a cargo of 300 barrels
of gunpowder, 20 chests of cartridges, several hundred stands
of arms, 90 barrels of rum, sugar, and gin from St. Eustatia.
The Polly ran aground near Stono Creek and that night
the Patriots scuttled and abandoned her. The HMS Bristol
sent eight boats under the command of Lt. Molloy to investigate
and attempt to refloat the Polly, but she had five feet
of water in her hold. So, they set her on fire, and she "blew
up with a great Explosion... It would have been much greater
but she had five feet of water in her hold, which had damaged
a great deal of the Powder."