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POSTPONED - Author Talk & Book Signing
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Join us for a lunchtime talk with author Robert Watson in the Museum’s first-floor Patriots Gallery. Watson will discuss his new book The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution, which tells the astonishing story of a prison ship just off the coast of Brooklyn that took the lives of thousands of Americans, and its surprising role in securing American Independence. Bring your own lunch or purchase one in the Museum’s Cross Keys Café.
About the Book:
Moored off the coast of Brooklyn, the derelict HMS Jersey was a living hell for thousands of Americans either captured by the British or accused of disloyalty. More Americans died in its ghastly hold than on all the war's battlefields. Throughout the colonies, the mere mention of the ship sparked a fear and loathing of British troops that, paradoxically, helped rally public support for the war. Utilizing hundreds of accounts culled from old newspapers, diaries, and military reports, award-winning historian Robert Watson follows the lives and ordeals of the few survivors to tell the astonishing story of the cursed ship that played a crucial part in the war against Britain.