MARRINER, WILLIAM. Whaleboat guerrilla. New Jersey. Natives of New Brunswick, he and Adam Hyler operated in small boats between Egg Harbor (near modern Atlantic City, New Jersey) and Staten Island to prey on British and Loyalist vessels. Captain Marriner was a prisoner on Long Island; after being exchanged he returned to capture his captor, a Major Sherbrook. He also captured the Loyalist Simon Cortelyou from his house on Long Island. Marriner was particularly busy in 1780, famously capturing two British ships on successive days in August.
SEE ALSO Hyler, Adam.
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