Many streets, buildings, and institutions in Rhode Island are named to honor the Narragansett Bay area’s rich naval heritage. This regular feature to the museum’s blog provides a brief look at the people, places, and events behind the names.
Commodore Esek Hopkins (1718-1802) First Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy
Two destroyers (DD-6 and DD-249), a converted merchant ship, and a Providence middle school were also named after the sea captain.
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Images courtesy of Naval War College Museum and Naval History and Heritage Command
Street Sign Image by Christina Anderson