Friday, June 18, 2010

USA - Rhode Island : Newport

Location of Rhode Island state in USA

Newport is a city on Aquidneck Island in Newport County, Rhode Island, about 48 km South of Providence. Known as a New England summer resort and for the famous Newport Mansions, it is the home of Salve Regina University and Naval Station Newport which houses the United States Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and a major United States Navy training center. The city is the county seat of Newport County (a county that no longer has any governmental functions). Newport was known for being the city of some of the "Summer White Houses" during the administrations of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.

Goat Island is a small island in Narragansett Bay and is part of the city of Newport. The island is connected to the Easton's Point neighborhood via a causeway bridge. Goat Island is home to the Newport Harbor Light (1842), The Marina Cafe & Pub, Belle Mer, and the Goat Island South Condominiums. The island was home to several military forts, the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station, and was the site the attacks on the HMS St John (1764) and HMS Liberty (1768).

The Newport Harbor Light (also known as the Goat Island Light or Green Light), built in 1842, is located on north end of Goat Island.

Narragansett Bay is a bay and estuary on the north side of Rhode Island Sound. Covering 380 km2, the Bay forms New England's largest estuary, which functions as an expansive natural harbor, and includes a small archipelago. This bay is mostly within the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, but small parts of it extend into Massachusetts.
Of over thirty islands in the Bay, the three largest ones are Aquidneck Island, Conanicut Island, and Prudence Island. Bodies of water that are part of Narragansett Bay include the Sakonnet River ; Mount Hope Bay ; and the southern, tidal part of the Taunton River. The bay opens on Rhode Island Sound—Block Island lies less than 32 km southwest of its opening—and the Atlantic Ocean.


Postcard sent by Ilona, as "GreenIguana"
Postcrossing - Reference US-704629

Newport, Rhode Island
This aerial view shows central Newport with the downtown
waterfront in the foreground, Goat Island center
and the Newport Bridge crossing Narragansett Bay
to Jamestown at the top.


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