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King of the Prison Island Swims

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Le Château d’If of the island of If, start of the Défi de Monte Cristo open water swim and one of the Prison Island Swims in Marseille, France
Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, Australia, site of the Dawny To Cockatoo Swim, a prison island swim
Jacques Tuset of France is the King of Prison Island Swims

noun - King of Prison Island Swims is the individual who has completed the most number of prison island swims or open water swims between famed prison islands and the shorelines or mainlands nearby.

Prison Island Swim (listed by region and country)[edit]

Triple Break Sites or Prison Island Swim (listed by region and country)[edit]

Africa[edit]

Asia/Australia[edit]

  • Rottnest Island (Australia): 19.7 km to mainland, was used as an Aboriginal prison between 1838 and 1931 for men and boys
  • Fort Denison (Australia): 1 km to mainland, was used as a prison and for hanging in the 1800s
  • Cockatoo Island (Australia): 0.5 km to mainland, was used as a prison from 1839 to 1869
  • Tasmania Island (Australia): 198 km to mainland, 70,000 were transported there from the early 1800s
  • Hao Island (French Polynesia): 920 km to Tahaiti, in the late 1980s, two French intelligence (DGSE) operatives were briefly confined to the military base on the island after France obtained their release from a New Zealand prison for sinking the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior
  • Gunkanjima Island (Japan): 15 km to Nagasaki, was used as a prison from 1930s to 1946 during World War II
  • Sado Island (Japan): 40 km to Japanese mainland, was used as a prison from 722 to 1271
  • Kwajalein Island (Marshall Islands): 2,865 km to Papua New Guinea, as reported in "Unbroken - Louis Zamperini Story" - Execution Island from WWII
  • Isle of Pines (New Caledonia): 49 km to mainland, 3,000 deported from the Paris Commune in 1872
  • Côn Sơn Island (Vietnam): 85 km to mainland, was used as a prison from the 1960s to the 1980s
  • St. Helena (Australia): 4 km to mainland, was used as a prison between 1826 and 1932

Central America[edit]

Europe[edit]

North America[edit]

  • Alcatraz Island (U.S.A. - San Francisco, California): 2.3 km to mainland, was the former isolated prison home of Al Capone and other celebrated American criminals
  • Santa Cruz (U.S.A. - Santa Barbara, California): 33 km to mainland, was use to house prisoner after Mexico's independence from France
  • Fort Warren (U.S.A. - Boston, Massachusetts): On Georges Island, 11 km to mainland, was used as a prison in the American Civil War until 1862
  • Long Island (U.S.A. - Boston, Massachusetts): , 1 km to mainland, During the Winter of 1676/7 all the local American Indians were collected and abandoned on the Island
  • Fort Jefferson (U.S.A. - Key West, Florida): 110 km to Key West Florida, was used as a prison for USA Civil War deserters and plotters to kill Abraham Lincoln
  • McNeil Island (U.S.A. - Steilacoom, Washington): 4.5 km to mainland, was used as a prison in the 1880s up to 1,200 inmates
  • Johnson Island (U.S.A. - Alderson, West Virginia): 5 km to mainland, was used as a prison from 1861 with up 2,500 Conference prisoners
  • Peddocks Island (U.S.A. - Boston, Massachusetts): 0.4 km to mainland, was used as a prison during World War II for Italian prisoners
  • Deer Island (U.S.A. - Boston, Massachusetts): Does not qualify - it is no longer separated from the mainland, was used as a prison from 1880 to 1981
  • Rikers Island (U.S.A. - New York City, New York): 0.1 km to mainland, active prison - and probably wouldn't encourage a swim!
  • Sunflower Island (U.S.A. - Missouri): no longer an island, Prison during the Civil War for those with smallpox - and prior to that the location of a duel challenge with future President Abraham Lincoln!

South America[edit]

List of Famed Triple Break Swimmers[edit]

Jacques Tuset is the present King of Prison Island Swims including Oleron Island - La Tremblade + Alcatraz + Le Château d’If + Fort Boyard + Robben + Cabrera Island - Majorque + Langholmen + Spike + Île du Levant + Sainte-Marguerite + Rottnest + Tabarca + Île de Brescou + Château du Taureau + Goree + Salvation Islands: Devil's, St Joseph's and Royale + Isla de San Simón + Isola delle Femmine + Drakes Island + Spitbank Fort + Mogodar + Devil's Island for 22 escapes.

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