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In that year, the Deptford prison hulks were guarded by Chief Warder John Billingsworth - a sympathizer and operative of Jack the Ripper - who was responsible for maintaining Jack's prisoners; a job he relished for allowing him the opportunity to maltreat and execute his detainees almost at will.
- Historically at least three separate Royal Navy warships - HMS Discovery, HMS Levan, and HMS Thames - served as prison hulks stationed at Deptford, though all three had been completely decommissioned by 1864.