The UWTSD Library blog features posts by Library staff about new resources and services at Carmarthen and Lampeter. Entries may be posted here in Welsh or English and readers are invited to post comments in either language.
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Now online.. hell of the prison hulks
The lives of 200,000 inmates held in horrific conditions on nineteenth-century prison ships were highlighted yesterday as the records were made available online.
The ships housed inmates aged eight to 84, according to the Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849.
William Davies, 84, got seven years for sheep stealing while Samuel Phillips, 16, got life for burglary
Each hulk held 200 to 300 convicts, with one in three dying on board.
Dan Jones, of Ancestry.co. uk, said: "The records provide a fascinating insight."
Britain's last floating jail, holding prisoners off Portland, Dorset, was sold in 2005.
Earlier this year David Cameron suggested reintroducing prison ships as quick and "cost effective"