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Tango0111 Jan 2018 8:52 p.m. PST

…an 18th Century British Prison Hulk.

""MAN TOOK ONE of the most beautiful objects of his handiwork and deformed it into a hideous monstrosity." So wrote historian Francis Abell in his 1914 book Prisoners of War in Britain, 1756 to 1815.

In it, the author describes the horrendous conditions to be found on HMS Prothée, a captured 64-gun French vessel that had been dismasted and converted into a floating jail for prisoners of war.

Each night, according to Abell, he Prothée's portholes would be tightly sealed to prevent the inmates from escaping…."
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