floating academy n.
the prison hulks.
|Scots Mag. 1 July 8/2: Mignam [...] as well as other defenders, know what they have to depend on if they once enter on board the floating academy.|
|View of Society II 141: The Floating Academy. This is a new insititution.|
|Oxford Jrnl 7 Sept. 1/2: The above Gang have lately been discharged from that Sink of iniquity the Floating Academy at Woolwich.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: The floating academy, the lighters on board of which those persons are confined, who by a late regulation are condemned to hard labour, instead of transportation.|
|Caledonian Mercury 20 Oct. 2/3: Mr Duncan Campbell, the Master of the Floating Academy at Woolwich.|
|Eng. Spy II 212: You see the floating academy as is kept a purpose for ’em, said he, pointing to the receiving hulk for the convicts.|
|Finish to the Adventures of Tom and Jerry (1889) 140: Many of them [i.e. convicts] [...] had spent a few years on board of the floating academy.|
|Lloyd's Wkly Newspaper 7 Jan. 5/3: The prisoners [...] are marched to the quarter-deck of the Hulk [...] then ordered 'forward' under the forecastle of this floating academy.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
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