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  The Floating Prison: The Remarkable Account of Nine Years' Captivity on the British Prison Hulks During the Napoleonic Wars
The Floating Prison: British Prison Hulks


 
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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 280 pages
Author: L. Garneray & R. Rose
Year: 2003
Other Data: colour photos, sketches, bibliog, index
ISBN: 9780851779423

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Product Code: CHB006
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'Remember this well; on board the hulks a prudent man never lets himself be carried away by generosity, nor by any other feeling whatsoever. You must get used to shutting your heart, your eyes and your ears to all pity'.

This bleak advice was given to Louis Garneray in 1806 on his first day as a prisoner of war in one of the British hulks, the former warships used as floating prisons in Portsmouth Harbour.

'The Floating Prison' is Garneray's unique account of his captivity during the Napoleonic wars. It is the remarkable record of a young man of action, captured at sea, who began a career as an artist in the almost impossible conditions of the hulks. He pursued his art with astonishing determination and went on to become one of France's greatest marine painters. This lucid and sometime grimly humorous account of the bizarre and grotesque world Garneray know in the floating prisons was first published in 1851.

Original woodcuts designed by Garneray, colour reproductions of his paintings, and illustrations of life on the hulks introduce the reader to a great artists who was also a notable writer. The foreword, note and appendices by Richard Rose are complementary to Garneray's text, reveal the true stories of French prisoners in Great Britain and are an outstanding contribution to an unknown aspect of maritime history in the Napoleonic era.

Contents:
Acknowledgements
Illustrations
Foreword
 - A View of the Hulks
 - Garneray in Perspective
 - The Artist as Author
Translator's Note
Author's Note
1. Imprisonment; Impressions; Descriptions of the Hulks; Equality; Rations ...
2. Mysterious Thomas; A Robbery; A Brutal Punishment; Bertaud's Secret ...
3. Ingratitude; An Escape Plan; Bertaud's Resources; Sacrifices ...
4. My Pastimes; Hope Deceived; Studies; Privations; Precautions ...
5. An Ominous Undertaking; A Terrible Ordeal; A Hard-hearted Dane ...
6. Despondency; A Stroke of Luck; A Sacrifice; Consolations ...
7. A Duel; A Calamity; A Plot to Save a Man; My Progress in Painting ...
8. A Great Disappointment; Captain Rose; His Character; The Cruel Corporal ...
9. Roll Call; We Disrupt the Counting; The Gaoler's Fury ...
10. Rose Still Furious; A New Activity; The Newfoundland Dog; Murders ...
11. A Transformation; Rose's Humanity; Duvert's Treachery; A Murder ...
12. Lieutenant Rose, the Colonel and his Negro; Impudence and Cruelty ...
13. Disagreeable Business of Sergeant Barclay; A Denunciation ...
14. A Wager; A Meal; The Colonel's Fresh Impudence ...
15. A Terrible Conflict; The Prisoners' Resolution; A Narrow Escape ...
16. The 'Vengeance' Hulk; A Shrewd Picture Dealer ...
17. The Infamous Dr Weir; A Medical Dissertation; An Epidemic ...
18. The Excellent Captain Edwards; Justice and Humanity ...
19. Captain Edwards's Confidence; A Diginified Protest Against ...
20. A Stroke of Good Luck; Gambling For a Man's Life ...
21. The Prisons From Cabrera; The 'Pegase'; The Deadly Baths ...
22. The Thieving Orderlies; Fignolet Excels Himself; Dr Dancret ...
23. Mr Smith; Colonel Lejeune Honours Me With His Friendship ...
24. Curtis Again; I Treat Him Roughly; My Arrival at Mr Smith's ...
25. An Interesting Meeting; An Unwise Drinking Bout; Jeffries ...
26. The Black Hole; The Jew Again; A Drunkard's Folly ...
Epilogue 1814-1858
Appendix A. Prisoner of War Hulks at Portsmouth
Appendix B. French Offices on Board the Hulks and on Parole
Appendix C. Garneray's Sources
Appendix D. The 'Rafales'
Appendix E. Women on Board the Hulks
Appendix F. Mortality of Prisoners of War
Appendix G. Persons Connected with the Hulks
Appendix H. Garneray's Views of the Portsmouth Harbour
Notes
Bibliography
Index


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