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2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance

4.   Processing note

5.   Inventory

6.   Subjects

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 Narragansett Pier Navigation Company Records

 Steamship company, Newport and Narragansett, R.I.

 Records, 1880-1907

 Size: Seven folders

 Catalog number: MSS 483 sg 33

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, January 1998

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Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            The Narragansett Pier Navigation Company was formed by members of the Hazard family in 1880 to run passenger steamships between Newport and Narragansett, R.I. The original stockholders were Rowland Hazard II (1829-1898), John Newbold Hazard and Rowland Gibson Hazard II (1855-1918). The intent was to complement the family's Narragansett Pier Railroad service from Kingston to Narragansett. The steamship Herman S. Caswell served on this short route every summer from 1879 to 1896, and was replaced by the larger Manisees in 1897. The Manisees was sold to the United States government in 1900, and the company distributed its final dividends in 1901.


Henwood, James N.J. A Short Haul to the Bay: A History of the Narragansett Pier Railroad (Brattleboro, Vt.: Stephen Greene Press, 1969), 19, 46.

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Scope and content:

            This collection includes only the company's incorporation papers, the purchase agreements for the company's first steamer in 1879, a few loose accounts, and three folders of correspondence and notes relating to the final sale of the Manisees.

            Some additional papers from this company can be found in the Peace Dale Collection at the Baker Library of the Harvard University Business School, including files relating to the steamer Caswell from 1879 to 1884.

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            These papers were donated by the Hazard family as part of the Hazard Family Papers in 1985, after being on deposit since 1975.

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Processing note:

            This collection is part of the Hazard Family Papers, which were processed with support from the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities, the Beinecke Foundation, and the extended Hazard Family.

            This small subgroup is housed is a box with records from subgroups 32 and 38.

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Folder 1. Incorporation and minutes, 1880

Folder 2. Loose ledger and cash accounts, 1897-1899.

Folder 3. Navigation companies report, 1901, submitted 1907

Folder 4. Steamer Herman Caswell sale agreements, 1879

Folder 5. 1899, miscellaneous

Folder 6. 1900, January - May, miscellaneous

Folder 7. 1900, June - August, miscellaneous

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Herman Caswell (steamship)

Manisees (steamship)

Steamboat lines - Rhode Island - Narragansett

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