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Barrack ships in Portsmouth. Many veterans of the Age of Sail were used as barrack ships well into the 20th century, a practice that insured the survival of some, including USS Constitution and HMS Victory.

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Not only after but actually during the era. Officers and enlisted men had to go through a "barracks ship" to get accustomed to the place, drills, space, routines, etc before setting on a cruise, no matter how short.

Also many post Napoleon I wars RN men did serve their first commissions aboard the Victory at anchor, and other similar hulks. Simulating gunnery ( no powder, just the drills ), etc.

Very cool photo.

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I read some books, some was speakin' 'bout barrack ships and got some reads 'bout "Prison ships" this pic was in a book, at Portsmouth, too, and looks a bit like HMS Vic, nah? Maybe i'm wrong...

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