It is now part of the University of Cape Town and a hotel.
They were transported to The Cape to work on the construction of the breakwater which would allow the harbour which is now the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront to be built.
The remains of a treadmill on which prisoners were punished can still be seen.
During the later part of the 19th century other prisoners were accommodated at Breakwater prison and it was the first site to racially segregate black and white convicts.
In 1902 white prisoners were moved into a new building, called the Industrial Breakwater Prison, which remains today.
After ten years as a prison it became a juvenile offenders institution and from 1926 until 1989 a hostel for black dock workers.
Since 1991 it has served as the business school of University of Cape Town and hotel run by the Protea chain.
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