Sandy Hook in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
H.M.S. Assistance Tragedy Memorial
Together with twelve members of the crew of H.M.S. Assistance who died here at Sandy Hook in line of duty on December 31, 1783.
Location. 40° 26.895′ N, 73° 59.75′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is on Hartshorne Drive. Monument is on Hartshorne Drive, which is the only road in or out of Sandy Hook Recreational Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Highlands NJ 07732, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Last Tragic Episode of the American Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker); British Embarkation (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nike Ajax Explosion Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Guns of Sandy Hook (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Dead House Hospital Steward’s Quarters (approx. ¾ mile away); The Best of Care (approx. 0.8 miles away); NOAA Fisheries Service (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandy Hook.
1. Names of the dead crewmembers
Lieutenant [Honorable Hamilton Douglas-]Hallyburton**
Lt [James] Champion (Marines)
Midshipmen Mr Rt Haywood, Chas Gascoigne, Wm Spry, Geo. Towers, Geo. Faddy, Wm Scott, Davd Reddie, Alex. Johnstone, Andw Hamilton, Robt Wood, Wm Tomlinson
Seaman Jno McChain
— Submitted December 13, 2008.
2. Loyalists' grave site found in Sandy Hook
An Asbury Park Press article written by Carole Ann Lang and published July 11 2005 reported, in part:
A detachment of 14 [Royal Navy crewmembers], led by 21-year-old 1st Lt. Hamilton Douglas Halyburton, began a hot pursuit. But shortly after leaving the ship, Halyburton and his men were attacked by a howling blizzard.
All those in the company perished and were eventually found frozen to
Later, Lt. Halyburton's mother, the dowager Countess of Morton, had a monument erected over the resting place of her son and his comrades.
But vandals destroyed the marker so completely that the grave site was lost. Fortunately, the bodies were found in 1908, when a group of workmen grading a railroad bed for the U.S. Army came upon the burial site under the sands of the peninsula.
The bones were taken to Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn, where they now truly rest in peace.
— Submitted December 13, 2008.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 23, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,222 times since then and 71 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week December 28, 2008. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 23, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. 4. submitted on October 16, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 23, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. 8. submitted on November 10, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.