THE WEAPON CASTLE THAT EXPLODED- Bannerman Castle, Pollepel Island, NY, USA This crumbling structure is no castle, but a historic weapon depot of war surplus dealer Francis Bannerman VI. After the Scot acquired more than 90 percent of the American-Spanish War surplus, he moved the ammunition from New York City to a secluded and safer place - Pollepel Island. The work on the Scottish structure started in 1901 but was stopped in 1918, with the sudden death of Bannerman. Everything ended in 1920 when 90 kilos of ammunition exploded and destroyed most of the structure. The castle has been completely abandoned since 1950. Now, historical tours, weddings and get-togethers are organized here.