On November 4th the former Royal Navy Victualer Myrtle, and the galley Rutledge were returning to Savannah expecting to find the American forces. British ships captured both ships around the mouth of the Tybee River. The Rutledge was a South Carolina galley carrying two 18-pounders in her bow and four 6-pounders in her waist. After she was captured she was renamed the Viper and commanded by Masterís Mate John Steel of the Rose.
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RevWar75listing 11/4/1779 Tybee River. Shown as naval action and British victory.