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Newport in Newport County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Defending Narragansett Bay

 
 
Defending Narragansett Bay Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
1. Defending Narragansett Bay Marker
Inscription.
During the 19th century, Newport was the only deep water harbor between New York and Boston which could serve as a base for a large fleet of warships. Fort Adams was located at a crucial point where it could prevent the entry of enemy warships into both Newport harbor and Narragansett Bay.

[ Along Bottom of Marker : ]
Report of 1850 – Armament Planned for Fort Adams
59 42 Pounders 21 18 Pounders
90 32 Pounders 13 12 Pounders
98 24 Pounders 12 Field Pieces
83 Flank Howitzers 7 16-inch Stone Mortars
34 8-inch Howitzers 7 13-inch Mortars
12 10-inch Mortars 7 8-inch Mortars
25 Cohorns
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468 Total Artillery Pieces

Estimated Cost of Armament Including 100 Rounds
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$ 372,384.00
 
Erected by Fort Adams State Park.
 
Location. 41° 28.797′ N, 71° 20.199′ W. Marker is in Newport, Rhode Island, in Newport County. Marker can be reached from Fort Adams Drive, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located inside Fort Adams. Marker is in this post office area: Newport RI 02840, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Defending Narragansett Bay Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
2. Defending Narragansett Bay Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Irish Connection to Fort Adams (a few steps from this marker); Going Great Guns (within shouting distance of this marker); Returning Old Glory 2001 (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Defending Narragansett Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Adams (within shouting distance of this marker); Life in Fort Adams (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Building a Fortress (about 300 feet away); Fort Adams Foundation (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a map of Fort Adams and the firing ranges of its guns. Also present are landmarks within sight of the marker, including Fort Wetherill, Clingstone, Goat Island, and Pell Bridge & Rose Island.
 
Also see . . .  History of Fort Adams. Fort Adams State Park website. (Submitted on October 10, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Marker in Fort Adams image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
3. Marker in Fort Adams
View of Narragansett Bay from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
4. View of Narragansett Bay from Marker
Fort Adams image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
5. Fort Adams
The north entrance to Fort Adams is seen here. The Defending Narragansett Bay marker is located at the top of the rampart on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 442 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 10, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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