At the suggestion of Alvin the Poor-but-Honest Farmer a number of Hairy Hooligan warriors embark upon the Lucky Thirteen for the Isle of the Skullions in search of the lost treasure of Grimbeard the Ghastly. After a dangerous fight with the Skullion dragons to get off the island, the Hooligans head back home on the ship. They celebrate with black currant wine, and also 'argue about the treasure, the Stormblade, and who the true heir to the Hooligan tribe is. While they are distracted, Outcasts sail up on the Hammerhead and commandeer the Lucky Thirteen and capture the Hooligans. Alvin had betrayed the Hooligans and was actually the chief of the Outcasts. As Alvin was about to kill Hiccup, Toothless, who had been trapped under a barrel by Alvin, tips the barrel and rolls into Alvin's legs. This momentary distraction gives the Hooligans the chance to fight back, and so starts the "Battle on Board the Lucky Thirteen".
The Battle on Board the 'Lucky Thirteen' would be a Saga that the Hooligans would tell their children and grandchildren for many, many years to come.
— Book 2
During the battle, the Hooligans fought bravely. However, at one point the blackcurrant wine spills and turns out to be highly flammable. It catches fire and the Lucky Thirteen bursts into flames very rapidly and sinks. Most of the Hooligans and Outcasts get to safety on the Hammerhead, except Hiccup, Alvin, and Fishlegs. They sink beneath the waves along with the Lucky Thirteen.