Narraganset Bay, Rhode Island
This delightful bay lies wholly within the limits of Rhode Island: its entrance extends from Point Judith on the west to Seaconnet Rocks on the east, and terminates at Bullock's point, about 6 miles below the city of Providence. The length of this bay is about 28 miles: its breadth varies from 3 to 12 miles. It receives the waters of the Taunton, Providence, Pawtuxet, and other rivers, and on its borders are Newport, Bristol, Warren, and other large and flourishing towns. It is decked with many small islands of great fertility and beauty; the principal of which are Connanicut, Prudence, Patience, Block and Hope. This bay is near the ocean; is accessible at all seasons; is well protected by powerful forts, and affords some of the best harbors in the world. The board of naval commissioners have recently reported to Congress that the waters of Narraganset Bay afford greater advantages for a naval depot than any other unoccupied position on the coast of the United States.