The British Empire and its effect on Plymouth

Prison Hulks in Hamaoze

Although the Prison Hulks became redundant, there was still a surplus of oak Ships of the Line that were still familiar sites for many many years to come. These were given over mainly to training operations either for young seamen or for specialist training activities like mines and torpedoes. Disease could still be a problem in these cramped spaces and many young men who died on them were buried at Ford Park Cemetery. This picture was taken from Mount Wise looking out towards Cornwall up the Hamoaze. It shows a very busy waterway indeed including several hulks still in use.

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by Stephen Luscombe