For nearly half a century, Gould Island in Narragansett Bay was the principal site for the evolution of the American modem naval torpedo. During the Second World War it was home to the Torpedo Test-Firing Facility. The war years were characterized by an aggressive program of testing and overhaul operations that perfected the Navy's self-propelled underwater weaponry and made possible the destruction of over four million tons of enemy shipping- a condition that helped immeasurably to bring on the end of the war. Gould Island with Goat Island in Newport Harbor were the sites for torpedo research and development in America.
Nicolosi, Anthony S.
""Torpedo Range" Island: Gould Island, Narragansett Bay in the Second World War,"
Newport History: Vol. 73
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol73/iss251/2