As the original college building, there is where Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan, USN, second War College President (1886-1889) and subsequently a renowned naval historian, first delivered his lectures on sea power—lectures which were first published in 1890 as the epochal The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783.
While relatively small, the Museum has some great artefacts, particularly noting that Newport was also the US Navy's torpedo facility and training school. Here are a couple that caught my eye:
|The US Navy Protected Cruiser USS Chicago.|
|The USS Stiletto (1885) - wooden torpedo boat used for experimental torpedo development|
|US Navy Torpedo Boat No 1: USS Cushing (1890). The first steel hulled, ocean going TB|
|Newport has been key in USN torpedo development|
|Full size Fish and Howell model torpedoes - nose aspect. Quite different to the better known Whitehead design|
|Full size Fish and Howell model torpedoes - stern aspect|