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Ford Evening Book Talk: Robert P. Watson
Starting: 07:00 PM
Mount Vernon welcomes author Robert P. Watson to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution. Moored off the coast of Brooklyn until the end of the war, the derelict ship, the HMS Jersey, was a living hell for thousands of Americans either captured by the British or accused of disloyalty. Throughout the colonies, the mere mention of the ship sparked fear and loathing of British troops.
Revealing for the first time hundreds of accounts culled from old newspapers, diaries, and military reports, award-winning historian Robert P. Watson follows the lives and ordeals of the ship's few survivors to tell the astonishing story of the cursed ship that killed thousands of Americans and yet helped secure victory in the fight for independence.