For all who have wondered about the story behind the hulking ruin known as "The Castle" glimpsed across the water on the Portsmouth Naval Base, the library is delighted to present an evening with filmmaker Neil Novello, who has created a unique documentary on the Portsmouth Naval Prison.
He will join us on Monday evening, February 23 at 6:30 PM in the downstairs Lane Room to unfold the history behind this closed-to-the-public military institution. The video documentary covers three different time periods of the Naval prison’s history from the end of World War I up through World War II and into the Vietnam War era.
Those who attend will see photos and hear commentary on the construction of the prison in 1908, see some of the early commanders of the Naval Prison including the civilian reformist Thomas Mott Osborne, and view some rarely seen footage filmed in May 1945 of captured German U-Boat crews escorted to the Naval prison.
Mr. Novello will also screen extended video clips from “The Castle” where he used a Navy produced documentary, along with interviews of local residents who served in the Marines and Navy, to tell the story of the prison during the Vietnam war era.
Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about one of the Seacost area's most interesting slices of military and local history!