2017-08-10 / Island History


The town closed Mackerel Cove after six swimmers suffered jellyfish stings, The Jamestown Press reported Aug. 16, 1990.

According to Chris Powell, a state biologist who chairs the town’s conservation board, the jellyfish found at the beach was a lion’s mane. The tentacles on this species, he said, grow longer than 15 feet.

Powell believes the jellyfish was brought into Narragansett Bay by the warm current of the Gulf Stream.

100 years ago — Aug. 10, 1917 (Newport Daily News)

A fire broke out in the hospital tent of the Eleventh Company of the Rhode Island National Guard at Fort Wetherill. The 10:30 p.m. blaze was extinguished by the servicemen without assistance. Two soldiers were slightly burned and the tent was destroyed.

75 years ago — Aug. 14, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

The councilors appointed Warren Bartlett, a commander in the U.S. Navy, chairman of a committee tasked with organizing the dedication of the military honor roll.

During a ceremony in two weeks, a tablet will be unveiled to acknowledge the contributions of the town’s servicemen. Although the exercises will be at the recreation field, the tablet’s resting place will be on the green at the fire station. Bartlett has invited the American Legion to attend.

50 years ago — Aug. 10, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

Equipment worth $200 was stolen from a 19-foot runabout boat moored just south of the ferry slip on the east side of town.

Rumford resident Peter DeMers, owner of the boat, said the thieves looted tackle boxes, rope, water skis, an anchor, a compass, a gas tank and life preservers.

25 years ago — Aug. 14, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

A torrential storm that dropped more than 6 inches of rain was responsible for the demise of three boats in the East Ferry harbor.

Two powerboats, a 16-footer and a 19-footer, sunk from their moorings, while a Harbor Marine work skiff was found submerged at the town docks. All three boats were salvaged.

10 years ago — Aug. 16, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

Local, state and federal leaders were full of praise during the dedication of the new town hall, a William Burgin design that Town Administrator Bruce Keiser called an “absolute award-winning building.”

Council President David Long cut the ribbon while Keiser read a message from Gov. Donald Carcieri, who extended his best wishes. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, who lives on Bow Street, also congratulated the town.

“This is a new chapter in the history of Jamestown,” he said. “It has come a long way since the sheep herders that inhabited the island long ago.”

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