After sentence, some convicts spent time on a prison hulk awaiting transportation. A prison hulk was a decommissioned ship used for housing prisoners. Hulks moored in the Thames, Plymouth Harbour or other ports.
Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849 include lists of prisoners on the hulks.
Information about prisoners may include:
- date received
- birth year
- date convicted
- where convicted.
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Microfilm and other resources
The Prison Hulk Registers and Letterbooks have also been microfiled as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP).
Lists of prisoners on hulks are also available in the records of the UK Prison Commision at Prison books [P Com 2] 1779-1871 in the AJCP collection. The records are indexed by name in Prison Commission Registers: Index to reels 5971-5991.
Information in the Prison Books includes:
- name, age, marital status, number of children
- ability to read and/or write and trade or profession
- when received and from which prison
- place and date of conviction
- description of crime and previous convictions
- special remarks and accounts of visits
- references to Misconduct Book and Governor's Journal
- when removed and to where.
Accounts of visits can sometimes include names, addresses and ages of family members.