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The floating prison : the remarkable account of nine years' captivity onthe British prison hulks during the Napoleonic Wars, 1806 to 1814

Author: Louis Garneray
Publisher: London : Conway Maritime, 2003.
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"Louis Garneray (1783-1857) is famous as one of France's greatest marine artists. He went to sea at the age of 13, served on board privateers in the Indian Ocean and was captured by the British in 1806. He was confined until 1814 amongst thousands of prisoners of war in the hulks, the floating prisons, of Portsmouth Harbour." "The Floating Prison is the first complete English translation of Garneray's own account of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Louis Garneray
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louis Garneray
ISBN: 0851779425 9780851779423
OCLC Number: 61423733
Description: 246 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Louis Garneray ; translated from the French with a foreword and notes by Richard Rose.

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An unabridged version of this classic text about 19th-century naval life. It is the dramatic narrative of one Frenchman's nine-year incarceration in the prison hulks of Portsmouth Harbour. By turns  Read more...

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..".a useful reference source, enhanced by a fine selection of plates and engravings." <b><i>Nautical Magazine</i></b>"

 
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