Tuesday, December 30, 2008

fort jefferson, dry tortugas

fort jefferson was used by the union army in the civil war, and helped to protect the u.s. from several other navies in later years.
it is the second largest masonry structure in the world, behind the great wall of china.

below: the boys, on top of fort jefferson

below: check out the moat.
fort jefferson's most famous prisoner was dr. samuel a. mudd, who (unknowingly) helped john wilkes booth survive a broken leg after he shot president lincoln. ..the saying "your name is mudd" came from this incident.
mudd was actually a good guy, and later saved several members of the union army from yellow fever. ..he was later released from his fort jefferson prison to return home to his wife and three children. ..he and his wife had a happy reunion, and went on to have six more children. ..by the way, pete is related to dr. mudd.

below: a live scorpion, just hanging out on the wall of one of fort jefferson's spiral staircases. ..yikes!

below: the view, from inside of the fort

below: the snorkel/beach area at fort jefferson
on a scale from 1-10, fort jefferson snorkeling gets a "7.3,"
for visibility, water color & sea biscuits.
below: lovers snorkel in the blue

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