On June 30, 1814, Otway Burns’ privateering ship Snap Dragon, temporarily under the command of Captain W. R. Graham, was captured by the British near, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Burns was at home suffering from rheumatism. The Snap Dragon mounted six guns and was carrying 70 men at the time it was seized. The vessel was on its fourth privateering voyage, and had recently captured the schooner Linnet, laden with fish and oil, and another schooner carrying fruit. Burns is recognized as making several of the most successful privateering voyages by any American during the war of 1812 against Great Brittain, a time when the American Navy was desperately in need of help. He was born and raised near Swansboro in Onslow County. His long resume includes shipbuilding, store keeper, salt maker, brick maker, investor in the Clubfoot/Harlowe Creek canal, representative in the General Assembly and lighthouse keeper. Burns is buried in Beaufort and has two towns named in his honor, Burnsville in Yancey County and Otway in Carteret County. Painting of the HMS Martin capturing the Snapdragon (source: The Mariner's Museum, Newport News, VA).