It seems that ghosts like to hang out in lighthouses. There are myriad stories of hauntings and scary happenings in many of the lighthouses along our coasts. Damp, isolated, and lonely they’re also the scene of many shipwrecks and tragedies. The violent deaths from these disasters could leave behind a spiritual residue or life force that lingers where it happened. There’s a … [Read more...] about The Haunting of Race Rock Light
Narragansett Bay is the scene of many hundreds of shipwrecks. The exact number is not known but one of the most unusual is the wreck of the Cape Fear because the Cape Fear was a ship made of cement. The cement freighter was 266 feet long and weighed 2800 tons. Her hull was five inches thick and she was built by the Liberty Shipbuilding Company of Wilmington, North Carolina. … [Read more...] about The Concrete Ship
Read Part 1 first! A gentle swell rocked the Thunderfish as Captain Bill positioned the boat over the wreck of the L-8 which was sunk in 1926 by a magnetic torpedo. Captain Bill called out, “OK, let her go.” Out on the bow, Tommy dropped the grapple and Captain Bill reversed the engines until Tom yelled, “I’m hooked up,” meaning the grapple which had been dragged over the … [Read more...] about The Real Captain Nemo – Part 2
Rhode Island has many little known places of interest that people should know about. The Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum is one of the best examples. Situated on 24 acres with herb gardens and nature trails the attractions include an authentically restored 1750 home and snuff mill furnished with period antiques. A large wooden waterwheel powered the snuff mill which used … [Read more...] about Who is Gilbert Stuart?
Every year on December 7 the nation honors and remembers the 2,403 citizens of the United States who were killed along with the 1,178 who were wounded in the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Flags are flown at half-mast and ceremonies are held across the country.Only a few people remember that 74 years ago on May 5, 1945, the last battle of World War 2 was fought … [Read more...] about Mystery of the U-853
Take a beautiful beach, mix in a dash of history, add in good food and drink, stir in some entertainment, add a Ferris wheel, arcade and carousel and top off with an ice cream parlor. What do you have, maybe a slice of paradise? That’s what Harry Trefes thought almost 100 years ago when he opened the Atlantic Beach Casino. Trefes had a vision of what Misquamicut could and … [Read more...] about Seaside Memories at the Atlantic Beach Park
If you walk out to the end of Napatree Point and take one of the trails that head into the interior you might come across some ruins almost hidden in the dense bush. If you’re wondering what these ruins are, here is their story. Long before the first European settlers arrived in Westerly the Narragansett Indians recognized the strategic importance of Watch Hill as a lookout … [Read more...] about A Fatal Flaw: A History of Fort Mansfield on Napatree Point
Today’s nuclear submarines are the most destructive weapons systems ever devised by man. Today, one submarine packs more firepower than the entire ordinance expended in World War II. Their stealth, survivability, and ability to retaliate in the event of nuclear war make them a deterrent. How ironic that mankind has developed a weapon too terrible to use. The submarine will … [Read more...] about The Real Captain Nemo – Part 1
So you think you know where Watch Hill is? Not so fast. I’m not talking about the village of Watch Hill but the actual hill. Most people assume that the hill called Watch Hill is located where the large white house known as the Holiday House sits overlooking the ocean and the Watch Hill Lighthouse. Today it is owned by singer/songwriter Taylor Swift. I thought so too until I … [Read more...] about Where is Watch Hill?
I was on my way to the Avondale Preserve for my morning walk with the Beagles when I spotted a school bus pulled over next to an overgrown lot. The bus was surrounded by a wire fence with yellow signs warning that the fence was electric and the goats were at work. The signs said not to touch or feed the goats and that the goats and herder might be covered in poison … [Read more...] about A Hungry Herd of Hope