The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution
Robert P. Watson. Boston, MA: DaCapo, 2017. 304 pp. Illus. Index. $28.
Reviewed by Rear Admiral Joseph Callo, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn is not for the faint of heart, but it is a book for those willing to examine a less familiar and viscerally unpleasant—but important—phase of America’s War of Independence.
This disquieting narrative illuminates the horrific British treatment of prisoners of war during the Revolution. In the process, it also tells the story of the former HMS Jersey, one of the hulks used to house American POWs during that conflict.