Bordello Owner Cappy Stewart
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Among the legendary figures in Portsmouth, Charles H. "Cappy" Stewart ran an "antiques" business, as seen here at his Water Street shop in the 1930s. Stewart sold off many of the city’s most precious artifacts and architectural treasures, many to distant bidders. (continued below) 





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He is among the best known owners of the waterfront bordellos that were finally closed by city decree in 1912. Although he trafficked in prostitutes, some apparently in their early teens, and was involved in the city’s criminal underground and corrupt government, Portsmouth citizens who knew him only in his elder years often depict him as kindly, generous and "colorful".

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