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Joseph Plank
Joseph Plank was baptised in Marden, Wiltshire on 13 September 1789, the son of William and Sarah Planck (nee Maslen). He d: aged 43 in 1832.
Joseph Plank was convicted for breaking and entering into the house of Thomas Shipman in Woodborough, Wiltshire on 29 August 1832 and stealing a quantity of cloth, two pairs of scissors and other articles.  Initially, a sentence of death was recorded but this was then commuted to "Transportation for Life".
Joseph Plank was held in the prison hulk "Captivity" before being transferred to the Circassian for transportation to Van Diemen’s Land.
HMS Bellerophon on the stocks at Frindsbury, 1786, prior to being launching - Src: Collection: British Museum.
Joseph Plank – House Breaking - 1832: Salisbury Assizes Tuesday –
Joseph Plank was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Thos. Shipman, at Woodborough, on the 29th of August last, and stealing there from his property, a cloth, two pairs of scissors, and other articles.
Verdict, convicted "Guilty of  housebreaking" -  

Although Joseph Plank was initially sentenced to death, this was commuted to transportation for life and Joseph was held in the prison hulk Captivity in Devonport pending a ship for transportation. The prison hulk registers record that Joseph Plank was 43 years of age and was held on the Captivity until 25 September 1832, sentenced to be transported for life.

The Salisbury and Winchester Journal – Monday, 12 March 1832
On Monday last the following convicts were removed from Fisherton gaol, and on Tuesday they were placed on board the Captivity hulk, Devonport Harbour:
Prison hulks were decommissioned ships that authorities used as floating prisons in the 18th and 19th centuries. They were especially popular in England. The term "prison hulk" is a ship that is afloat, but incapable of going to sea
Converting the ships to prison hulks involved removal of the rigging, masts and rudders, and various other features required for sailing. Some hulks retained some of these features, but all were rendered inoperable or unseaworthy in some way. The internal structure was also reconfigured with various features, including jail cells, in order to accommodate convicted criminals
The hulks, which retained only their ability to float, were typically located in harbours. This made them convenient temporary holding quarters for convicts awaiting transportation to Australia The "Captivity" was originally called the She was paid off and converted to a prison ship in 1815, and was renamed "Captivity" in 1824 to free the name for another ship. Moved to Plymouth in 1826, she continued in service until 1834, when the last convicts left.
The Salisbury and Winchester Journal – Monday, 21 May 1832 (OPC Notes)
Joseph was one of 192 convicts transported on the Circassian, being disposed of by transportation to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania departing on 4 November 1832. The Convict Muster Records state that Joseph died on the voyage and never arrived in Australia.

There is no record of Joseph having a family of his own.

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