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 William Bainbridge (1774 -1833) Naval Hero of the War of 1812
Bainbridge (1842-1863); USS Bainbridge (Destroyer # 1), 1902-1920; USS Bainbridge (DD-246), 1921-1945; and USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25, later CGN-25), 1962-1997.
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Street sign Image by Christina Anderson
Bainbridge Image, courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command