Painting of prison ship Napoleonic war

Contributed by Richard

Painting of prison ship Napoleonic war

The picture illustrates the kind of life led by French prisoners of war once they had been sent to England following capture in the Napoleonic wars. Some of them were kept under guard in old navy ships, dismasted so they could not escape and used as prison hulks. The "laundry" done by the prisoners can be seen on what is left of the rigging. The painting was done by one of the prisoners and handed to my ancestor - one of the oficers guarding them.

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