Portsmouth Naval Prison

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The Portsmouth Naval Prison, now vacant, sits on Seavey Island on the Maine and New Hampshire border. Discover its intriguing history and fearsome reputation. For over a century, "the Castle" or "the Rock," with its deceptively appealing exterior, has kept both visitors and New Hampshire residents in its thrall. Since its opening in 1908 to its decommissioning in 1974 and into the present day, myth and lore have surrounded this iconic building. For the 66 years it functioned, any prisoner who escaped was brought back dead or alive - or so it has been said. Although the prison's fearsome reputation is cemented in Darryl Ponicsan's The Last Detail, Portsmouth was a forerunner in many ways. Routine inside often reflected the latest advancements in the field. Yet, designed or deserved, the prison's legacy remains an intriguing mix of dread and redemption.
ISBN: 9781467116671
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Maine
Series: Images of America
Images: 183
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The dearth of information about the prison, not far from her home, has kept author Katy Kramer researching for over a decade. Currently freelancing and teaching college composition, she has written features for magazines, university publications, and local newspapers. Photographs have primarily been gathered from special collections, libraries, and museums.
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