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The gallery on the prison hulk Warrior (1781).

The gallery on the prison hulk Warrior (1781).
The gallery on the prison hulk Warrior (1781).
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H5274
Description: The hulks were cramped and the prisoners slept in fetters. The convicts had to live on one deck that was barely high enough to let a man stand up. Standards of hygiene were so poor that disease spread quickly. The sick were given little medical attention and were not separated from the healthy. For the British criminal class an assignment to these floating dungeons was hardly less feared than the gallows.
Creator: 'Illustrated London News'
Date: 21 February 1846
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
National Maritime Museum/Royal Observatory GreenwichNew Opportunities Fund 
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