As visitors descend down the hills above Eaglehawk Neck, you
can stop at the viewing points beside the road and take in the dramatic views
across Eaglehawk and east across Pirate's Bays. It is here that you can see what
an effective location was selected for the prison at Port Arthur.
strip of land, which is less than 100 m wide, has Pirate's Bay to the east and
Norfolk Bay to the west, joining the Tasman Peninsula to Forestier Peninsula.
It is here that a military guard and a line of dogs kept constant watch for
possible escape convicts. The dogs were chained close together, with some being
placed on pontoons that were built in the water. Vicious as they, they were
mainly used to raise the alarm when they heard anything.
Martin Cash was one prisoner who managed to escape past Eaglehawk Neck twice.
On the second occasion he escaped with two other prisoners, Lawrence Kavanagh
and George Jones. They managed to bypass the line of dogs by swimming across
Eaglehawk Bay at night. They were to remain at large for several months.
Today, the 'dog line' is marked by a bronze dog sculpture standing guard, a
reminder of those earlier times in the Peninsula's history.