The Convict Ship "Success" - The Last "Floating Hell"
In the 1850s, many convicted English prisoners were "transported" to the British settlements in Australia. There, they toiled under the harshest conditions as slave laborers. However, they had to survive the ocean voyage first. The Convict Ship "Success" was truly a "Floating Hell." Men, women and children were ruthlessly abused by sadistic guards and tortured for the most minor offenses. Outrage over the conditions suffered by these convicts led to the abandonment of the British system of "transportation" and the destruction of the fleet of convict ships - except for the "Success." The infamous ship gained notoriety in the 1890s as a grisly relic of an earlier day, and was towed from port to port as a floating museum of misery and horror. This book chronicles the service of the "Success" and stands as a permanent memorial to the many hundreds of prisoners who suffered below her decks. Biographies of some of the most noted "Success" prisoners, including members of the infamous "Kelly Gang" are featured.
This fine eBook is colorfully presented in portrait orientation and is illustrated with eight photographs depicting the gruesome conditions aboard the "Success" (from old postcards sold as souvenirs). The work is fully-searchable and fully printable. (6.08Mb, 107pp)