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Old 8th April 2009, 10:12
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story of convicts at sea.

Came across this book in the library and was attracted to the title
"THE JAIL HOUSE THAT WENT TO SEA" an untold story of the Battle of the Atlantic 1942-42 by Peter Haining it tells the story of when the MN were getting very short of men to man ships because of the loss by U Boats of ships bringing vital cargoes of food etc to the UK during WW2.
It tells of the government at the time giving police in the ganglands of
Glasgow to carry out 1941 style "Press ganging" of prisoners in Barlinnie jail
and transporting them to the USA to man old merchant ships handed to the UK government for troop carrying, its worth a read and I won`t go into it more to spoil the plot----points out of 10-----9.
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Old 8th April 2009, 10:45
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Now that looks an interesting read. Not so sure I can get it out here though. Will try in the city at the weekend. Thanks for the tip
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Old 8th April 2009, 18:25
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Try Amazon Billyboy
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3 available @ a Penny each + P & P on Amazon. Ken.
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Old 9th April 2009, 03:23
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Well I must admit that I sailed with a few crooks in my time but I always believed that the real gangsters were the ones who owned the wretched things.
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Old 11th April 2009, 10:24
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Thanks for that Ceylon220. There are three copies of the book available in this town's public libraries. Got the info thro Jails Nostalgia. lol.
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Old 11th April 2009, 21:18
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Borrowed the book this morning, beginning to have doubts about it as by page 80 the ex jailbirds have not gone up any gangways yet. Very interesting if you have any interest in prewar Sheffield and Glasgow "neds" and the police tactics to bring them in line. It's rather confusing to read on page 78 when describing the sinking of the Cameronia "as the Cameronia steamed across the Persian Gulf bound for Port Said", yet later we read "after the survivors of the torpedo attack had all been landed at Malta" ??? Presumably the destroyers that had rescued them had arrived via the Suez Canal. ???. He also describes Captain David Bone as "being at the "helm" of the Transylvania when war was declared". Enjoy the book, don't spend too much buying it though. My points may be a small nigggle but they grated on my ears.
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Old 10th May 2009, 14:03
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Read it years ago and to be honest it is one of the worst books I have read. Starts off well and ends up going no where.
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Read it years ago and to be honest it is one of the worst books I have read. Starts off well and ends up going no where.
Have to agree. The amount of 'time at sea' was no more thana few pages.
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Old 8th December 2009, 14:23
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Quite possibly the worse book I have read. The Captain having his chief stoker, supposedly an old pal, up on to his cabin to discuss the use of the 'neds' A likely story.
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