Rhode Island Picture
New Harbor - New Shoreham, Block
Island, RI - 1912
(Scroll Down for Background Information)
was named after the Dutch explorer Adrian Block who landed on the
island in 1614. The Island was first settled by the Narragansett
Indians who called it Manisses.
The first European to visit the Island was the Italian explorer
Giovanni da Verrazzano in 1524.The first permanent European settlers
landed on Block Island in 1661 and the town of
was incorporated in 1672. Block Island is located approximately 9
1/2 miles south of the Rhode Island Coast and 14 miles
east-north-east of Montauk, Long Island.
There are several
ferries that provide service to Block Island. The New London Ferry is
seasonal from June 8th to September 8th. The Point Judith High Speed
Ferry is also seasonal from mid-May to mid-October as is the Newport
Ferry, which operates from July 1st to September 6th. The only year
around ferry service is the regular ferry from Point Judith/Galilee.
This service makes 8 to 10 trips daily during the summer months and
from 1 to 3 daily trips, (depending on day of the week) during the
winter months. All of the ferries now dock at
although at the turn of the century many of the steamers docked at
There were no natural harbors on
Block Island; Old Harbor
was completed in 1876 and New
Harbor was completed in 1896. New
Harbor is now used primarily by private yachts and the fishing fleet.
The Postcard is a
type card. This type of postcard was produced from 1907 to 1915.
Here is a picture of the harbor where the boat I came and I go lands.
The old harbor is fully as interesting. My neck is hanging in sheets
skin this a.m., though not quite as sore. I go to NY tomorrow. Loads
With Love, Aunt Louise