For another two weeks, the ships awaited the British and Arnold believed the British force, “by the best accounts, near equal to ours” (American Archives, 834). Little did he know, the British Navy soon to arrive was far larger than he could have imagined. On October 10, the Liberty left to Ticonderoga for provisions. At 8:00am October 11, the British Navy was spotted off Cumberland Head, just north of Valcour Island, where the British had been expecting the Americans based on erroneous reports from scouts. Two hours later, the British came around the southern tip of Valcour Island and Arnold received his first sight of the much larger, more experienced British Navy (Chronicles, 214). However, the American Fleet still had the tactical advantage, as the British experienced significant difficulty sailing against the strong north wind to fire at the Americans. The Americans were successful in fending off the British for many hours, although still sustaining significant damage. Also, throughout the day, Native American forces under the direction of British captains “menaced” the Americans from the western shore in the Adirondacks, where they had killed all local residents they could find (ibid., 216), testament to the hostility of the land at the time. The engagement lasted until 6:00pm, when firing ceased due to sundown (ibid., 217).