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Dockside in Woolwich, England on August 24th 1833.

Amphitrite is Faction (fact and fiction blended to impart the human drama taking place). This story is based on the published accounts of Pierre Henin, François Herut in English and French newspapers reporting the loss of the Amphitrite, a Woman’s Prison Ship sailing for Australia.

The wreck of the Amphitrite changed the penal laws of England. It highlighted the animosity between Protestant England and Catholic France. The catastrophe was compounded by the horrendous loss of young female lives due to English naval regulations, later amended because of this tragedy.

Contrary to what was originally printed in English newspapers, charging French citizens robbed and abandoned the drowning women and children on the beach, I believe the Catholics of Boulogne, saved the Irish Catholic female prisoners. And with the help of local politicians, priests and police hid them, later integrating them into the community.

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