Castle Island, located in South Boston, Massachusetts USA. Taken 1/16/11. I met some of my best friends in South Boston and here’s to them! Thanks for all those memories! You know who you are!!!!:)
First named Castle William by the English, who were fighting the French for control over North America. One of the more famous figures to be imprisoned at the Fort was privateer Pierre Maisonnat dit Baptiste (1702–06).
The fort was renamed Fort Independence in 1797 and is one of the oldest fortified sites in British North America. In the late 18th-century it served as the first state prison in Massachusetts.2 The present structure, built between 1833 and 1851, is the eighth generation of forts. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
During the Siege of Boston at the start of the American Revolution “Castle William” served as the main base of military operations for the British. The leaders of the Massachusetts royal administration took refuge there with their families, as did some prominent loyalists or “tories.” Major Pelham Winslow of the prominent loyalist town of Marshfield, Massachusetts was the Commander of Castle William for a time during the Revolution.
Long recognized for its strategic location, the fort helped protect Boston from British attack during the War of 1812. The island is also the site of a monument to Donald McKay, the builder of the famous clipper ships Flying Cloud and Sovereign of the Seas.
Castle Island was originally some distance offshore, but land reclamation for expansion of port facilities has extended the mainland towards it, and it is now connected to the mainland by pedestrian and vehicle causeways. Today it is operated as a state park by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and is open to tours in the summer.
Local lore has it that an unpopular officer was walled up in the fort’s dungeon following a duel in which he killed a more popular man. Edgar Allan Poe learned of the legend while serving on Castle Island in the Army, and his short story “The Cask of Amontillado” is said to be based on it.3
During World War II the U.S. Navy used the site for a ship degaussing station.
Nikon D300, Photomatix and finished in Picnik (1 raw image), 200 ISO, handheld, 70×300 Nikon Lens, f/11, textures used.