P is for Prison............
First constructed in 1905 this prison sits at the end of Seavey Island in Portsmouth Harbor.
It is the old U.S. Navy Prison and it was used as such for over 66 years until it was closed down in 1974.
It has been nicknamed "The Castle" because of it's beautiful architecture, but from the stories told from within the walls, the similarities end there.
It housed over 86,000 military inmates during its time, with over 3000 inmates at one time in there during World War II.
The Marine guards took their job very seriously, and no inmate ever escaped from this prison.
The incentive for them to do a good job: If an inmate escaped, the guard on duty who was responsible would have to serve out the rest of the inmate's sentence.
Whether this is true or not, I don't know, but it seems to have worked.
And from what I know about this harbor - the Piscataqua River has one of the fastest moving tidal currents in North America, and trying to swim to the mainland from the island is not recommended if one wants to live.
You can't see it from this photo, but about 15 years ago, I was on a boat and was able to get a closer view of this building, and the disarray that has befallen it is sad to see. You can see if look to the right of the sailboat mast - the green shingles on the roof are beginning to come off.
And since this is still military owned land, I am not too sure about those boats that are dry docked in front of it.
It was a beautiful day in mid October when I took this photo, and I thought the turbulent looking clouds fit the subject perfectly.
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