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Prison hulk.

Prison hulk.
Prison hulks were stationed on the Thames off Woolwich and Deptford.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: PX8260
Description: When the North American colonies declared their independence in 1776 and closed their ports to British convict ships, a crisis in the criminal justice system followed. This led to a policy of converting old merchant ships and naval vessels into floating prisons known as hulks, many of which were moored in the River Thames.
Creator: Unknown
Date: c. 1810
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
National Maritime Museum/Royal Observatory GreenwichNew Opportunities Fund 
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