The Islands were made famous in part by
the book and film 'Papillon' starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. It
concerned the prisoner Henri Charriere who allegedly escaped on a coconut raft
in spite of the dangerous currents and shark infested seas surrounding the
The large building next to the lighthouse is the
hospital, and the base of the lighthouse doubled as an incinerator.
The cemetery was for children of the
guards ( any convicts who died were thrown into the sea).
The small size of the solitary confinement cells
and the chains and grills used were dramatic.