Bay Adventure

The Vision of the New Golden Land

Bay reflections

The sacred sea

Native traditions portend the environmental movement


Caravel explorations and the vision of Verrazano

“A Garden of Farms & Place of Great Trade”

Early life along the Bay

The special light

The Bay changes the way artists see our world


The Bay becomes an inspiration to, and theme of, the Hudson River School of painters and countless other artists

Whale Tales & Fish Stories

RI fishing

Confluence of climates

Warm and cold ecosystems intersect in RI Sound to enhance fishing

Fishing fleets

The toil and traditions of Pt. Judith and others

Whale Tales

The whaling days of Warren, East Greenwich and coastal RI

Trophies and tuna

The history of RI sport fishing

Bull rakes to clambakes

Lobster, littlenecks and the shellfishing industry

Fishy business

Seaside commerce, Scalloptown and the economics of fishing

Boat Yard Celebration

RI shipbuilding & maritime industry

Colonial shipyards

Early shipbuilding in Warren and other coastal communities

East Indiamen

Grand ships of the glamorous trade including the legendary Ann and Hope

Work boats

The shipyards and ferry operations of the Saunders family and others

Pleasure craft & Cup winners

America’s Cup champions and the legacy of the Herreshoff/​Haffenreffer boatbuilders

The tradition endures

Modern day boat builders such as Pearson, Goetz and Blount

Every bay business

Marinas, tugs, ferries, etc.

Deep, dark waters

The Bay’s dark side from pirates to rum runners

Military vessels

A proud tradition that continues with EB submarine production

Defending the Nation

The Navy and national defense

Navy notables

Ezek Hopkins becomes first Navy commander in chief. The Perrys and Stephen Luce help write US naval history.

The Navy at Newport

The War College, torpedo station, base and enduring strategic and research efforts.

RI at War

20th Century World Wars and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts create unprecedented military activity and production on the Bay.

Peace without prosperity

Tens of thousands lose jobs as national defense downsizing reduces closes facilities at Quonset Point/ Davisville and scales back Newport operations.

RI’s Playground

Recreation, sport and leisure

America’s first resort

From colonial days, RI and its waters have attracted visitors from afar

Bay Parade

Recreational sailing brings together crews and crafts of every style and means in the Bay’s public waters

America’s Cup

RI harbors the world’s finest and fastest sailing vessels.

Mansions and castles

Newport’s Bellview Avenue becomes one of the world’s most prestigious adresses

Clamming, clambakes and shore dining halls

From its beginnings, clams are at the heart of RI shoreline activities and development

The Beach

Ever the summertime magnet, the Bay shoreline evolves from a destination of excursion boats, amusement parks, tent camps & Victorian hotels to a paradise of public lands and beaches

Eye on the Storm

Storms and shipwrecks


From the Great Gale of 1815 to storms with names like Carol, Diane and Bob.

The Big One

The unforgettable Hurricane of ’38


The snows of ’78 and ’88 live on in weather history

Beacons of the Bay

The story of lighthouses, lifesaving and the legend of Ida Lewis.