'Young Seaman', National Maritime Museum, image PU8577

Convicts and the Sea: the naval influence on Gibraltar Convict Establishment

After finishing my PhD at the Carceral Archipelago project in September 2017, I became the Pearsall Fellow in Naval and Maritime History at the Institute of Historical Research. This involved not only a move to London, but a move into a new discipline. As a historian of punishment, I was interested in the way that […]

A Day in the Life: Convicts on board Prison Hulks

A Day in the Life: Convicts on board Prison Hulks

  By Anna McKay, AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Student, National Maritime Museum & University of Leicester.   In 1775 the outbreak of the American Revolution halted the transportation of felons to the colonies. One year later, with gaols overflowing, the Criminal Law Act -also known as the ‘Hulks Act’- was passed. Convicts awaiting transportation were […]

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