Narragansett Bay: A Friend's Perspective
To the thousands of
Rhode Islanders who rely on Narragansett Bay for business and for recreation,
this magnificent body of water is a priceless inheritance.
Shaped by glacial action
more than 15,000 years ago, the Bay is home to bathers and boaters, to
marine life and birds of splendid coloration and form, to university researchers
and concerned citizens who take its pulse with the concern and affection
of a family doctor, to commerce and industry, and to fishermen of ail ages
who find enjoyment or profit, or both, in probing the Bay's depths for
its varied species.
Stuart 0. Hale, an eminent
writer, conservationist, and university administrator, has for many years
been both a Bay spectator and participant. He has lived on the Bay shore,
sailed its innumerable coves and inlets, and reported on its health and
proneness to storms in scores of articles in the Providence Journal-Bulletin.
His book is an admiring and sentimental review of the history, status,
and uses of the Bay from the perspective of a journalist and friend.
Those of us who take
pride in the beauty and utility of our great estuary will find much of
interest in Mr. Hale's book, including the fine selection of photographs
which add so much to a fuller appreciation of the Bay.
I am very happy to commend
this volume. I extend my congratulations to the author for his dedication
to an obviously enjoyable task and my thanks to the University of Rhode
Island Sea Grant Program for encouraging the publication of this noteworthy
contribution to our knowledge of a truly priceless resource.
United States Senate
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