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SHIP NOTES, SEAPORT AND MUSEUM NEWS (continuted from page 35) history program of the Dept. of the Navy. Its Underwater Archaeology Branch advises the Navy in matters related to historic preservation of US Navy ship and aircraft wrecks. (For details on the project, visit: www.bonhommerichard.org) Interested in preserving the arts of the sailor? Consider this news. The Chief of Navy Personnel, Vice Adm. John C. Harvey, Jr. , released a message in April clarifying the Navy's regulations regarding tattoos and "body art." The message underscores Navy policy that already prohibits any body art deemed "prejudicial to good order, discipline, and morale or of a nature to bring discredit upon the naval service." Four criteria were issued to commanders to assist in determining whether a tattoo, body art or brand should be permitted: content, location, size and whether the item is required for cosmetic purposes. . . . If you've ever sailed up Narragansett Bay or traversed the bridges from the east on your way to Newport, RI, then you are familiar with the old Jamestown Bridge, just 400 feet to the so uth of the newer bridge, which was completed in 1992. The old bridge, spanning more than 6,800 feet, was RI's second longest bridge until 18 April, when it was finally demolished. Before the bridge, the mainland and Conanicut Island (and later Aquidneck Island, home to Newport), were connected by ferri es across Narragansett Bay. The bridge was opened in 1940 and served as a vital link between the US Navy base in Newport and the Quonset Naval Air Station in North Kingstown during WWII. Jamestown Bridge demolition

In 1969, the Newport bridge opened, linking Newport to Jamestown and thus to the mainland. When the new Jamestown bridge opened in 1992, maintenance on the old bridge stopped, and it was later declared a hazard to navigation by the USCG. In his first State-of-the-State address, RI Gov. Don Carcieri had promised to take down the old Jamestown Bridge. J,

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