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Coast Guard Machine-Guns Monolola and Other Rumrunners in Narragansett Bay
2 months ago

Coast Guard Machine-Guns Monolola and Other Rumrunners in Narragansett Bay

Military forces fired no shots in anger in Narragansett Bay during either World War I or World War II. But during the intervening years, thousands of rounds of machine gun …
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Recollections of a Rhode Island Bootlegger
2 months ago

Recollections of a Rhode Island Bootlegger

[Editor’s note: When interviewed in 1991, Ron Deaver was 97 years old and resided in a nursing home. Some sixty years earlier, in early 1930s Rhode Island, he actively participated …
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Extravagant Barnaby’s Castle and Murder Most Foul
2 months ago

Extravagant Barnaby’s Castle and Murder Most Foul

To our contemporary eyes the Victorian mansion at 299 Broadway in Providence is an ostentatious mash-up of architectural styles—a little bit of Gothic, a little Romanesque, with a four-story octagonal …
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Caleb Eddy and an African Slave Voyage Gone Awry
2 months ago

Caleb Eddy and an African Slave Voyage Gone Awry

After the French Revolution, while tensions between Great Britain and the new French revolutionary government were growing, the disruption with trade to the West Indies was acute, especially for Rhode …
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Rebecca Chase Herreshoff, Whirlwind from Bristol
3 months ago

Rebecca Chase Herreshoff, Whirlwind from Bristol

Rebecca Chase Herreshoff was born on December 2, 1894, on Prudence Island, Rhode Island, the daughter of Captain Halsey Chase and Lizzie Kelly Studley. Also called Becky, she was …
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