Lock and Key from Detention Cell on T. S. Mars

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Door lock and key from the detention cell on TS Mars

Museum number 1961-617
Donated by Mr Winchester

The Mars was built in the 1840s as a warship. She was later anchored in the Tay and was used as a training ship for delinquent or disadvantaged boys.

The boys received a basic education. The majority were trained for life at sea, although crafts such as shoemaking and tailoring were also taught.

Destitute and homeless boys who were not convicted of crime could be sent to the ship by order of a Justice of the Peace or a Police Magistrate in any town or district in Eastern Scotland. Latterly she was used more as a borstal for boys from the whole of Scotland.

Lock and Key from Detention Cell on T. S. Mars
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