Refitting ships as reformatories

The Sobraon

The refit of a large vessel such as the Sobraon as a ‘nautical school ship’ was a substantial undertaking, and this has been carefully documented in a set of meticulously-drawn plans that have survived in the State archives collection.
It is worth noting that the educational element of the nautical school ship system was seen as sufficiently important to ensure that a library was provided.

Source: NRS 12444 Public Works Harbours and Rivers: Maps and plans, 1822-1917. Nautical School Ship Sobraon – Plan of superintendent’s office, reception room and library, 1 March 1892 [SR Plan 1233]

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