Naval Torpedo Station, Firing Pier, North end of Gould Island in Narragansett Bay, Newport, Newport County, RI
Significance: The firing pier is part of a complex built by the Navy during the World War II expansion of the Naval Torpedo Station at Newport, Rhode Island. This complex, located at the north end of Gould Island, served as the third element in an operational triad consisting of research and development, storage and disbursal (at Coddington Cove), manufacture (Goat Island) and range testing (Gould Island). As its name suggests, the firing pier was essentially a large platform from which torpedoes were launched into an underwater testing range in Narragansett Bay. At its height, the Gould Island complex was capable of firing 100 torpedoes per day, operating seven days a week round the clock. After the war, the firing pier was used primarily to test experimental models.
Survey number: HAER RI-38-A