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Cerberus being dismantled at Williamstown prior to be scuttled as a breakwater at Black Rock

There was a shortage of prison accommodation in the Victorian era, so long-term prisoners were transferred to provincial prisons, or to the dreaded hulks. The hulks were decommissioned warships anchored in the mud off Woolwich. They were dark, damp and verminous and few prisoners managed to escape. This is a cross-section of a hulk called the Defence, published in Henry Mayhew’s The Criminal Prisons of London, in 1862.

Prince Harry arrives Down Under to welcome a fleet of warships, galleons and tall ships from 17 nations into Sydney Harbour to celebrate the country's navy centenary

Imitation: Seven Australian warships entered the harbour in line - imitating the actions of the first Australian navy fleet of seven cruiser...

HMS Indefatigable, HMAS Australia and HMS New Zealand - the second class of British 12 in battlecruisers after the 'Invincibles'. Australia missed the Battle of Jutland in May 1916 due to an earlier collision with her sister New Zealand, which fired more main armament shells than any other capital ship. Indefatigable was the first ship sunk.

Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic ship HMAS Leeuwin was able to share a significant milestone recently with Fijian Navy colleagues. As the Republic of Fiji Navy marked their 40th anniversary on 25 July, Leeuwin was undertaking a survey of uncharted Fijian waters. Leeuwin is currently deployed to Fiji and is surveying waters in the vicinity of Rotuma Island with members of the Republic of Fiji Navy. The information gathered will be used to update charts.

Prince Harry arrives Down Under to welcome a fleet of warships, galleons and tall ships from 17 nations into Sydney Harbour to celebrate the country's navy centenary

Magnificent: The Royal Australian Navy's warship HMAS Sydney, which was sunk by a German ship in November 1941