2017-06-22 / Island History


Workers are busy installing an electrical cable across the bottom of the bay to replace the wire that was severed by a cruise ship’s anchor, The Jamestown Press reported June 22, 2000.

The new cable will reach 400 feet offshore from Fort Adams, which is where the original wire was split. The accident caused a 17-hour power outage in town.

100 years ago — June 27, 1917 (Newport Daily News)

A filled Gardner House witnessed an evening of entertainment to benefit the Red Cross.

Besides the performances, cake, candy, ice cream and lemonade were sold to raise money. An estimated $700 was made, organizers said.

Following the music, there was a drill by the St. Mark cadets and then a dance.

75 years ago — June 26, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

Chester Hall, director of the United Services Organizations in town, is being transferred to Niantic, Conn.

Hall came directly from the Carolina maneuvers while workers were constructing the hall on Conanicus Avenue. Once in town, he laid the groundwork to entertain servicemen and their guests.

Hall is a member of the Jamestown Rotary Club. The USO headquarters in Boston has not yet named his successor.

50 years ago — June 27, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

The town councilors have authorized the solicitors to settle an overdue account with the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority.

Councilman William Sheehan made the motion to collect $33,600. The balance is owed to the town for land it sold at Taylor Point, where the agency is building the western foot of the bridge.

25 years ago — June 25, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

Retiring Police Chief James Pemantell is asking the town for $35,000 to reimburse him for sick days and vacation time that he didn’t tap.

Pemantell, who announced his retirement this month following 29 years on the force, said he wants to use 38 of his 90 vacation days and sell the remainder back to the town. He also wants to sell 214 sick days.

Town Administrator Bob Sutton said Pemantell’s request is consistent with other deals made with retiring officers, but Councilwoman Sandra Bouchard questioned Pemantell’s status. He is a department head, she said, not a member of the union that collectively bargained their contracts. Sutton was directed to double-check Pemantell’s numbers.

10 years ago — June 28, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

The tall ships started to arrive in Narragansett Bay for the festival that will include 22 vessels from around the world, including visitors from India, Germany and the Cook Islands.

The culminating parade will be led by Rhode Island’s own Providence, a 110-foot-tall topsail sloop that was built for the 1976 bicentennial to replicate the ship captained by John Paul Jones.

While waiting for the remainder of the boats to arrive, spectators in town can take a close-up gander of Cisne Branco, a 254-foot-long Brazilian clipper with nearly 24,000 square feet of sail, (pictured right). While awaiting a berth in Newport Harbor, the steel-hulled ship was anchored off Taylor Point.

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