"The Floating Brothel" is the antidote for bodice-ripping history, exposing the story of 237 female convicts - mainly taken from London's fever-ridden, overcrowded Newgate Gaol - to the fledgling colony of New South Wales. Though it was percieved that the ship was rife with prostitution and debauchery, the reality was more complex and more interesting, differing dramatically from the well-known stories of hellish journeys to Australia.
Based on masses of painstaking research into contemporary sources such as the convicts' trial records-most of them were prostitutes or petty thieves-and the first-hand account of the voyage written by the ship's steward, John Nicol, this is a riveting work of recovered history.
Contents:1. Disorderly Girls2. Fair British Nymphs3. Gaol Fever4. Galleons Reach5. Life in the River6. Capital Convicts Condemned7. Leaving London8. Becoming in Turns Outrageous9. Santa Cruz de Tenerife10. Crossing the Line11. The Birth of John Nicol Junior12. The Wreck of the 'Guardian'13. Cape Town to Sydney Cove14. A Cargo So Unnecessary15. Love PilgrimagesMap: The Voyage of the 'Lady Julian', July 1789-June 1790Select BibliographyA Note to ReadersAcknowledgementsIndex