In early November 1861, French Man-of-War PRONY was stranded near Ocracoke Inlet. Catching sight of the vessel, the master of USS UNDERWRITER sent message they would provide aid. Unable to reach the vessel, however, UNDERWRITER retreated leaving PRONY vulnerable to attack. Confederate forces arrived on the scene and instead of attacking, offered assistance. While PRONY was not rescued, the crew were taken onboard CSS CURLEW and brought to New Bern.