Under these circumstances, you think you might be excused a smoke. Far from it. John Woolley, "a quiet and harmless man" would suffer anything for a gasper.
He had been flogged and put in the Black Hole a dozen times but it was no use:
"I cannot help it, sir," he would say to the Captain of the Ganymede.
"Then I will cut the flesh off your back," replied the Captain and, indeed, the Boatswain used to do his utmost, for stepping back a couple of Paces he would bound forward with his arm uplifted, take a jump and come down with the whole weight of his Body on the unfortunate victim, at every Blow making a noise similar to a paviour when paving the streets.At length the poor fellow (as I often heard him say) became weary of his life.
He found that his blameless conduct in every other respect could not save him from the consequences of this trifling breech of discipline.... and from being one of the best he became the worst character in the Yard. When I left it, he was in the Black Hole for having bitten off the first joint of the finger of Mr. Gosling the Quartermaster, who had put it in his mouth to see if he could detect any Tobacco.
From "The Fatal Shore" by Robert Hughes (Collins Harvil).