Nick Poppy of the NY Post reports on subject of Robert P. Watson’s book, The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution, the British prison ship Jersey.
“This ship, the Jersey, the ‘ghost ship,’ it was the single bloodiest conflict of the entire Revolutionary War,” Watson tells The Post. “Not Saratoga, not Trenton, not Yorktown, not Germantown. The single bloodiest conflict was on board this one ship.”
How bloody was it? We’ll never know the precise number of men who died on the ships, but most scholars estimate the death toll at 11,500.
“This was the statistic that knocked me out of my seat,” Watson says. “Twice as many Americans died on this one ship than died in combat during the entirety of the Revolutionary War, from 1775 to 1783.”