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WE ARE READY TO HAVE FUN AND DRINK COGNAC WHEN WE SAIL BEYOND INDONESIA MALAYSIA THAILAND ANDAMAN ISLANDS (India) TO THE PHILLIPINES



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cellular Jail Port Blair



Delayed. Today was the day. With the generator working and freezers humming all was well on Cognac so for us it was a discovery time.
Apsaras engine all good now and only waiting for the generator parts to be remodelled by the wiz mechanic.
It was definitely time to see the famous and intriguing Cellular Jail.

The central tower.

This place was build here in the 18th hundreds by Indian people under the watchful eye of Britons who were the designers in the time when Andamans as well as India were their colonies. This island in the middle of nowhere was to be a home for the freedom fighters and the inconvenient ones. A place where they were made harder than mules and where most of them kept on fighting the only way they could or knew how by declining to eat. Consequently great number of them would die of starvation. This jail and its design is fascinating because one guard could watch over the whole floor and a few wings of cells from the central tower.
Overlooking now only 3 legs of the jail from the top of the tower which was the coolest place on the island.
The single cells. There was no way to deliver food.
The cells were of reasonable size and so hot.
The inside of the wing. Easy to see how one person could watch many prisoners

The only happy thing at this jail. A rabbit rubbish bin.
there is a whole story about that.
The jail was finally closed only a few years ago.

1 comment:

  1. Good one. No trip to Port Blair can be complete without a visit to the Cellular Jail. Also known as Kala Pani, it served as the colonial prison for the Indian revolutionaries during the fight for independence and was reputed to be one of the most inhuman and torturous places on earth.Explore Port Blair tourism also.

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