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The convict ward on the prison hulk Warrior (1781).

The convict ward on the prison hulk Warrior (1781).
Convict ward on the prison hulk Warrior (1781).
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H5275
Description: During the first 20 years of their establishment, the hulks received around 8000 convicts. Almost one in four of these died on board. Hulk fever, a form of typhus that flourished in dirty, crowded conditions, was rife, as was pulmonary tuberculosis. Most of the deaths on board were caused by neglect. With adequate medical care thousands of lives could have been saved.
Creator: 'Illustrated London News'
Date: 21 February 1846
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
National Maritime Museum/Royal Observatory Greenwich New Opportunities Fund  
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