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The HMS Jersey from the time of the American Revolutionary war. Prison ship and described hell-hole. A Hell Ship but from way back.
"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. Crammed below deck without light or fresh air, the disease-ridden prisoners were scarcely given food and water. 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."
Wars of INSURRECTION often caused by POOR GOVERNANCE. To include the mistreatment of persons deemed as REBELS!
Further from the wiki entry:
"When the American Revolution began, the British used her as a prison ship for captured Continental Army soldiers [I also might think too anyone accused of disloyalty to the crown], making her infamous due to the harsh conditions in which the prisoners were kept. Thousands of men were crammed below decks where there was no natural light or fresh air and few provisions for the sick and hungry . . . Political tensions only made the prisoners' days worse, with brutal mistreatment by the British guards becoming fairly common. As many as eight corpses a day were buried from the Jersey alone before the British surrendered at Yorktown on 19 October 1781"
A HELL SHIP!!
HISTORICALLY WATER AND FEET THE BIGGEST KILLERS. DURING A TIME OF WAR! NOT HAVING WATER TO DRINK OR DRINKING BAD WATER, POOR UNSANITARY LIVING CONDITIONS LEADING TO DISEASE AND DEATH OF COMBATANTS OR PRISONER-OF-WAR.