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The 100-year-old Naval Prison on a bluff along the Piscataqua River comes to life in this live narration/film event. Using rarely seen US Navy film about the Prison, this unique film immortalizes this obscure building prominently present in the lives of all of us on the Seacoast. Filmmaker Neil Novello will provide the “Director’s cut “ through live narration and commentary at this special event.
The program will include film footage from inside the prison unavailable to the public for more than 90 years, from a 1917 silent movie. Also featured will be scarcely seen video of captured German U-Boat crews escorted to the naval prison at the end of the World War II which was filmed in 1945.
The prison’s construction was completed in 1908, making it at the time the largest poured concrete building in the world. For almost seventy years, the Castle housed Navy sailors and Marines serving time for a variety of offenses. The prison population reached a peak of more than 3,000 during World War II.
Separate fact from urban legend (think: Walt Disney and Humphrey Bogart) as the Naval prison’s history unfolds at this unique program.
Copies of Novello’s DVD will be on sale at the Wednesday, Feb. 11 event, which starts at 7 p.m. Those interested in attending should register at Rye Public Library by calling 603-964-8401. Snow date Feb. 18.