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'''HMS ''Jersey''''' was a [[United Kingdom|British]] prison [[Ships|ship]] in the [[New York City|New York]] harbor during the [[American Revolutionary War]].
The '''HMS ''Jersey''''' was a British prison ship in [[New York City|New York]] harbor during the [[American Revolutionary War]].
 
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
The [[British Army|British]] took so many prisoners during the Revolutionary War that they quickly ran out of space to hold them all. Prisons in New York (like the [[Bridewell Prison|Bridewell]]) were full and the British took to using sugar houses, and pro-rebel churches in the city.
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As a result of the Revolutionary War, the [[British Army]] took so many prisoners that they quickly ran out of space to hold them all. Prisons in New York, like [[Bridewell Prison|Bridewell]], were full, so the British took to using sugar houses and pro-rebel churches in the city.<ref name="Database">''[[Assassin's Creed III]]'' – [[Database: HMS Jersey]]</ref>
   
In the harbor, decommissioned war ships were put to use as prison ships, the most well-known being the HMS ''Jersey''. The ''Jersey'' had – and earned – the nickname 'Hell'. Conditions below decks (where the prisoners were kept) were crowded – a thousand men crammed together without light, sanitation, or proper ventilation.
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In the harbor, decommissioned war ships were put to use as prison ships, the most well-known being HMS ''Jersey''. The ''Jersey'' had – and earned – the nickname "Hell." Conditions below decks (where the prisoners were kept) were crowded – a thousand men crammed together without light, sanitation, or proper ventilation.<ref name="Database" />
   
About a dozen prisoners died every day from smallpox, yellow fever, malnutrition, and torture by the guards. The British sentiment was that the rebels were traitors and didn't deserve any better.
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In 1782, the [[Assassins|Assassin]] [[Ratonhnhaké:ton|Connor]] infiltrated HMS ''Jersey'', where he overheard a conversation between the captain and [[Charles Lee]]'s [[Mercenaries|mercenaries]], who were trying to acquire soldiers for their master. Connor assassinated the captain without anyone noticing and then escaped from the prison ship.<ref>''Assassin's Creed III''</ref>
   
At least 11,000 people died on board prison ships – more that the rest of the war put together. After the British left New York, the US Navy found mass graves in the mud at the edge of the harbor. Those remains have since been placed under a monument in Brooklyn, where Fort Putnam used to be.<ref>[[Database entries|Animus Database]]</ref>
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*''[[Assassin's Creed III]]''
   
 
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HMS Jersey

HMS Jersey was a British prison ship in the New York harbor during the American Revolutionary War.

HistoryEdit

As a result of the Revolutionary War, the British Army took so many prisoners that they quickly ran out of space to hold them all. Prisons in New York, like Bridewell, were full, so the British took to using sugar houses and pro-rebel churches in the city.[1]

In the harbor, decommissioned war ships were put to use as prison ships, the most well-known being HMS Jersey. The Jersey had – and earned – the nickname "Hell." Conditions below decks (where the prisoners were kept) were crowded – a thousand men crammed together without light, sanitation, or proper ventilation.[1]

In 1782, the Assassin Connor infiltrated HMS Jersey, where he overheard a conversation between the captain and Charles Lee's mercenaries, who were trying to acquire soldiers for their master. Connor assassinated the captain without anyone noticing and then escaped from the prison ship.[2]

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Assassin's Creed IIIDatabase: HMS Jersey
  2. Assassin's Creed III
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