Captain Tucker took John Adams to Europe in 1779. On the passage, he fell in with an enemy ship. It was agreed to fight her, and also that Mr. Adams should retire below; but Tucker soon observed him with a gun, fighting as a common marine, and in tones of authority ordered him to leave the deck. Mr. Adams, however, continued at his post, when, at last, Tucker seized him, and forced him away, exclaiming as he did so, “I am commanded by the Continental Congress to carry you in safety to Europe, and I will do it.”
After the Revolution, he lived in Bristol, Maine and died there in 1833.