Drove down to Port Arthur from Seven Mile Beach to visit the place England sent its convicts in the 17/1800’s, about 160,000+ of them – “hell on earth” apparently. Many of the prisoners, as young as age 7, were reportedly petty criminals from the London slums, convicted of doing what they had to do to stay alive. Here they were treated to the unimaginable isolation of the place, the cat o’ nine tails and later on, solitary confinement, until they were moved to the end of the line, the asylum. Some Canadian prisoners were sent here from the Upper & Lower Canada rebellions. Saw the devastation along the roadside caused by the recent bush fires – K after K of fire blackened forest – some houses burnt to the ground, only chimneys and rubble remaining.