Monthly Archives: May 2015

U. S. Navy Pier, Newport, Rhode Island

This image shows both warships and transports docked at the Navy Pier in Newport, Rhode Island. This is part of the much larger Naval Station, Newport.

Published for H. B. Settle Co., Newport, R. I.

The description states simply:

U. S. NAVY PIER – NAVAL STATION

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND

–The markings on the leftmost ship identify it as the destroyer Charles J. Badger, a Fletcher class destroyer built in 1943 and decommissioned in 1957. The larger ship docked to pier 2 is a transport of some kind.

The presence of the Charles J. Badger indicates this image is from the 1950s.

Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island

This image shows a main building and actively used artillery of the Naval War College. The large building is the main facility for the College today, though the original building, once an asylum, still exists and is used as a museum.

Pub. for H. B. Settle Co., Newport, R. I.

The description states simply:

NAVAL WAR COLLEGE

NEWPORT, R. I.

–The artillery is probably used to sound ‘retreat’, which is an end of day procedure announcing the lowering of the base flag. It may also be used for other ceremonial purposes. The blanks used in firing are visible stacked in rows on the ground. Also, the tower to the left has since been demolished.

The diagonal line extending from the case between the guns is an artifact of the picture. This image likely dates from the 1950s.

E. J. Berwind Mansion, Newport, Rhode Island

This building, also known as “The Elms”, was built and occupied by E. J. Berwyn, an independent coal mine owner and operator during the time before and after the turn of the 20th century.

Published for H.B. Settle Co., Newport, R. I.

The description states:

“THE ELMS”, E. J. BERWIND MANSION

WITH BEAUTIFUL, FORMAL FRENCH GARDENS

NEWPORT, R. I.

The estate is open to visitors May through October under the auspices of the Preservation Society of Newport County.

–This is a view of the side of the mansion facing theĀ ocean, which includes a large grass enclosure of which part is visible here. The building was constructed in 1901, and used for parties and social events until 1961. The elms which the building was named for have all died from Dutch Elm disease and been replaced with other species, notably weeping beech.

This card likely dates from the 1950s.