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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse12 Sep 2018 9:32 p.m. PST

… of Danish and Norwegian prisoners of war during the napoleonic wars

"The Napoleonic Wars saw the British capture and incarcerate thousands of sailors in disused Royal Navy ships, the so-called prison hulks. Many Danes and Norwegians – navy personnel, privateers and merchant sailors – were thus interred. This article uses a new data source, the official record books kept in the National Archive at Kew, to test whether the prison hulks were as bad as popular perception might suggest. In doing so, we provide the first rigorous quantitative assessment of the Danish and Norwegian sailors' prisoner experience. We find that death rates were surprisingly low, suggesting the quantity and quality of food and medical care was reasonable. Prison hulks were not ‘floating tombs'. The records also show which prisoners were released and exchanged, and when. Officers did well, reflecting the age old system of a gentleman's honour. Privateers did worse than merchant sailors: those who took up arms were likely to serve longer as prisoners."
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Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 11:10 p.m. PST

Compared to the French who should not have trusted them, ending in pontoons misery and slow death.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse13 Sep 2018 12:06 p.m. PST

And before the sunk (capture) of their Navy and attack to their Capital City… (smile)


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