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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° 28.774′ N, 71° 20.22′ 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. Going Great Guns (a few steps from this marker); Returning Old Glory 2001 (a few steps from this marker); The Irish Connection to Fort Adams (within shouting distance of this marker); Life in Fort Adams (within shouting distance of this marker); Building a Fortress (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); Fort Adams Foundation (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). 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 12, 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
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 419 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 12, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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