The American Revolution in South Carolina

Stono Creek

June 16, 1776


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Francis Morgan
British Cdr:

Lt. Molloy
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

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."

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Privateer Polly - Capt. Francis Morgan HMS Bristol - Lt. Molloy


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