When Millbank prison was built in 1816, it was intended to reform prisoners rather than simply keep them isolated from society. However, due to overcrowding the prison became a holding pen for convicts transported to Australia. Conditions inside were unpleasant: there was flooding, disease and infestations of rats
Very rude pre ancestor of automotive car washing machine!British Empire have not wasted material and time:Old colonist's ships were used as prisons.Had they anchored on open sea,convicts would not be run away?
All the prison hulks are now long-gone, except for one: the Edwin Foxe. It lies half-restored in a New Zealand drydock. Its owners ran out of funds, so they sprayed the empty shell with preservatives and opened a museum next door. Amazingly, the Edwin Foxe can still float, thanks to the coating of tar that protected it from rot after its conversion to a convict ship
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