These photos are of Mason Cove, once again from the historic site of Port Arthur. I love these shots and how blue they are. I’m always amazed at what a little camera phone can do!
The peninsula was a naturally secure site, much like Alcatraz in that it was meant to be an inescapable prison. Of course, some got away but most who tried would have been caught and lashed.
One escape attempt was made by George “Billy” Hunt, who tried to disguise himself using a dead kangaroo… he gave himself up when the starved guards started shooting in need of a meal. Billy reportedly received 150 lashes. Ouch.
Of course this water was told to be shark infested, whether that was the case or not I’m sure it helped deter prisoners from trying to escape.
A little past this point to the left is The Isle of the Dead. Visitors can now get a short ferry ride and tour there. I’ve been twice. I think you can decide for yourself what the Isle of the Dead is.
This photo is a little blurry but I just had to include it because of the colour of the water. Isn’t it beautiful? This is very much how it looked the day Andi and I went. So pretty. Across the water you can see the ferry just leaving for the Isle of the Dead.
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And here are my other posts on the subject, in case you missed them: