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Maritime Image of the Day: “Prison Hulks on the River Thames (c 1856)

PortandTerminal.com, November 3, 2019 HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – Prison hulks were decommissioned ships that authorities used as floating prisons in the 18th and 19th centuries. They were especially popular in England. The hulks were an emergency measure to cope with prison overcrowding. The hulks, which retained only their ability to float, were typically located in harbours. This made them convenient temporary holding quarters for convicts awaiting …

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