The Ghost Ship Brooklyn.
The Ghost Ship Brooklyn
Robert P. Watson
Da Capo Press
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The Ghost Ship Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution tells of the HMS Jersey, a ship which, during the American Revolutionary War, was renowned for the cruelty of its guards, its notoriously deplorable conditions under which colonial prisoners were kept by the British after it was converted to a prison ship, and for a reputation that was to spark additional rebellion in the colonies. The story of how this ship sparked enough outrage to fuel the Revolution makes for a powerful account which documents individuals who suffered on the ship, escaped from its conditions, and helped keep its memory a part of American history which has not been properly examined until this survey. No American history holding should be without this eye-opening account.