© 2017 WebRightServices.net


collection

Home


Alden Electric


All Wave Tube Co


APCO Manufacturing


BLACKSTONE


Bernard's Radio Co


BELL


BLACKSTONE


BI WIRELESS


Broadcasting


Brown Wireless


CeCo


WECCO


Cleartone


Cote


CeCo


Crescent Braid


Charles O Cressy


D & W


DELFELCO


Harold P Donle


W E Downey


Eastern Electric & Manufacturing Co.


Eddy-Marsh


EDSON


Eight In One


EKKO


Electrol


DYMAC


Ellis


EMTWISTLE COMPANY


EPPLEY


EVERETT


EVERITE


HOPE WEBBING


Dutee Wilcox Flint


FORD


Frank B Perry


Giblin


Hanscom


Hearthside House


HEN HOUSE


HOPE WEBBING


BLACKSTONE


INLAID


Kouyoumjian


Charles N Kraus


Law Battery Company


Lightning Battery Company


Charles D Lindridge


Little Giant


RI MANUFACTURES


Marconi


Marco


Misc. Companies


Mis Majestic


G Morvillo and Sons


MUSEUMS


M W DUnton


North American Radio Log


Newport Wireless Station


NC-$ Flight


Arthur R Nilson


Patton-Mac Guyer Co


Police Radio


Polleroyal


Polleroyal


Prague Electric Company


ProJo Article


ProJo Lies


ProJo Radio Section


Providence Radio Association


RID


Radio Progress


Radio Tube Hospital


Remax Radio Tubes


Rhode Island Amatures


RI DX


RIHS Exhibit


RI Radio Clubs


Rhode Island Radio School


Rhode Island Radio Shows


Rhode Island Radio Starions Calls


Ross Wire Co


Royal Electric


Roytron Tube Co


Sahara Dry Battery


Sales and Service


SOS


Supertone


Supertone


TAYLOR


Howard Thornley


Tesla


TRIAD


UNITED


UNITED


VARLEY


Venus 
Radio Tube


GOODREAU


Massie


Warren


WBBQ


WCBR


WCBR


WCI


WCOT


WCOT


WEAN


WFCI


WGBM


WHBO


Whites Radio Log


E A Willemin


Alonzo R Williams


Roger Williams


WIzARD


WJAR


WKAD


WKBF


WMBA


WNRI


World Radio


WPRI


WRAH


WRAH


WSAD


WTAG


E-MAIL
























Search The Website





Thanks for your support of
Rhode Island Radio Website!


























Website Powered by






The Torpedo Station's mission was to develop torpedoes, torpedo equipment, explosives, and electrical equipment. Through experiments conducted there, the torpedo evolved from the immobile explosive mine of the Civil War period to the efficient and highly mobile weapon of today. The Station worked on other ordnance projects, including an impractical dynamite-throwing gun, projectile explosives such as dynamite and nitroglycerine, and gun cotton. The Navy's first smokeless gunpowder was also manufactured there. The first experiments in shipboard electricity were conducted at the Torpedo Station in the late 1880s. 1

In 1869 Rose Island was acquired for the storage of explosives and for experimental firings. 1

In 1887 the machine shop was wired to conform with a plan for illuminating ships with electric lights. 1

In May of 1900 Lieutenant John B Blish, the Navy's principal elecrical expert, is in Newport setting up a experimental wireless telegraph station.


Providence Journal May 24, 1900




Providence Journal May 27, 1900

Annual Reports of the Navy Department

Early Naval Radio Installations and Problems

In 1902 a wireless antenna mast 180 feet high was erected at the Station to allow tests and evaluations of wireless radio communications. 1


The Montgomery Advertiser
August 30, 1902


Providence Journal August 22, 1902


Providence Journal October 6, 1902


Providence Journal October 24, 1902


Providence Journal November 3, 1902

At the end of 1902 the 180 foot mast was buckeled by high winds


Providence Journal December 9, 1902

Eventually the 148 foot top section of the mast came to the ground due to the weight of the snow.


Providence Journal December 27, 1902

It is decided not to replace the mast because new wireless apparatus was seheduled to be installed


Providence Journal January 26, 1903

Between the end of July and mid September 1903 the new wireless apparatus is set up and becomes opperational.


Providence Providence Journal July 29, 1903


Providence Journal August 1, 1903


Providence Journal
September 18, 1903


Providence Journal September 16, 1903


Providence Journal September 23, 1903


Providence Journal September 23, 1903

The USS Topeka left the West Indies on March 30th, 1904 and returned to the United States upon her arrival at Charleston on the 5th. On 15 May, the warship reported for duty at Newport, Rhode Island, and, for the next four months, participated in wireless telegraphy experiments conducted off the New England coast.


USS Topeka


Providence Journal June 12, 1904


Providence Journal June 2, 1905

In 1905, the first use of wireless in the rescue of an American ship happened and the "HELP" (SOS had not been established as of yet) message was received at the Torpedo Wireless Station.


Naval Training Station
1905 Station Antenna
From Newport Firsts: A Hundred Claims to Fame (RI)
By Brian M. Stinson


Providence Journal
October 7, 1905


Providence Journal October 13, 1905


Providence Journal
November 8, 1905




Providence Journal
January 10, 1906




Providence Journal
April 27, 1906



In April of 1906 a distance record was broken by the station when it received a message from 1000 miles away from the Battleship Maryland.


Providence Journal April 21, 1906

Also in 1906, a young man with a homemade wireless set, modeled after Massie equipment, disrupted the powerful US Navy wirless statioon in Newport. The wireless apparatus was set up in a hen house!


Providence Journal April 21, 1906


Providence Journal
February 6, 1907


A Handbook of
Wireless Telegraph
its Theory and Parctice
James Erskine-Murray, 1907


Providence Journal
October 16, 1908


Providence Journal
November 3, 1908


Providence Journal November 8, 1908


Providence Journal
February 18, 1909


Providence Journal
April 15, 1909


Providence Journal
December 29, 1909


Providence Journal
January 11, 1910


Providence Journal January 16, 1910


Providence Journal January 16, 1910


Providence Journal January 27, 1910


Pawtucket Times
May 26, 1910


Providence Journal
October 14, 1910


Providence Journal
October 18, 1910


Click to enlarge
Torpedo Station 1910


Click to enlarge
Newport Torpedo Station 1910



Providence Providence Journal December 9, 1910


Providence Journal
December 11, 1910



Providence Journal
October 12, 1911




Bristol Phoenix
November 1, 1912




Torpedo Station 1912



Click to enlarge
Torpedo Station 1912


In 1912 the distance record was broken once sgain by the station when it received a message from California, Mare Island Station that was sent to Key West Florida.


Telephone and Telegraph Age
January 1 1912




Providence Journal
January 19, 1912




Providence Journal March 1, 1912



Providence Journal April 20, 1912



Click to enlarge
Providence Journal January 12, 1913



Click to enlarge
Providence Journal September 25, 1913



Click to enlarge
Providence Journal April 26, 1914




Click to enlarge
1914 Waterfront Torpedo Station Newport RI



Click to enlarge
Providence Journal February 16, 1916



Pawtucket Times November 13, 1916



Click to enlarge
1917 WW1 US Navy Torpedo Station Newport



Click to enlarge
1918 Newport RI Torpedo Station



Click to enlarge
1918 Naval Torpedo Station



Click to enlarge
1918 Torpedo Station US Naval Training



Naval Training Station
Newport RI Learning Wireless Telegraphers
Date Unknown



In 1919, Gould Island was purchased and placed under the Station's jurisdiction. 1


Click to enlarge
Providence Journal
March 2, 1919



Click to enlarge
Pawtucket Times
February 3, 1919



Bristol Phoenix
February 6, 1920




1 THE MARITIME HERITAGE PROJECT