Find your ancestors in Admiralty: convicts in hulks

Series ADM6

In association with The National Archives, Findmypast is excited to release an extensive collection of records from criminal cases, gaols, hulks, prisons, and criminal calendars. Crime, prisons and punishment is the largest single collection of British crime records online.

The records in series ADM6, Admiralty: registers of convicts in prison hulks, include details of over 17,600 prisoners for the period 1818-1831. They relate to convicts held in prison hulks Cumberland, Dolphin and Ganymede. Hulks were ships used as floating prisons, often when they were no longer fit for battle but were still afloat.

There are records of 17,644 prisoners for the period 1818-1831.

It's possible to find out the following about your ancestors from these records:

  • Name and age
  • Number
  • Address and where born
  • Physical description: height, complexion, make, visage, eye and hair colour
  • Married or single
  • Offence
  • Conviction: when and where
  • Sentence
  • Discharge: where and how
  • Gaoler's report