petition for reprieve
The Times, Wednesday, Apr 20, 1825; pg. 3; Issue 12632; col E
Petition for reprieve for Henry Savery

The Times, Saturday, Apr 23, 1825; pg. 3; Issue 12635; col E
Reprieve of Henry Savery, 20 April 1825


During the first 20 years of their establishment, the hulks received around 8000 convicts. Almost one in four of these died on board. Hulk fever, a form of typhus that flourished in dirty, crowded conditions, was rife, as was pulmonary tuberculosis. Most of the deaths on board were caused by neglect. With adequate medical care thousands of lives could have been saved.
Repro ID: H5275, Creator: 'Illustrated London News', Date: 21 February 1846, Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London


Description: Convicts perform hard labour at the Woolwich Warren. The hulk on the river is the 'Justitia'. Prisoners were kept on board such ships for months awaiting deportation to Australia. The 'Justitia' was a 260-ton prison hulk that had been originally moored in the Thames when the American War of Independence put a stop to the transportation of criminals to the former colonies. The 'Justitia' formerly belonged to Duncan Campbell who was appointed to supervise the work of the convicts.
Repro ID: PZ9265 Creator: Unknown Date: c. 1777 Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London

The Times, Tuesday, Apr 26, 1825; pg. 3; Issue 12637; col C
Commuting of Savery's death sentence to transportation for life.


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