Patience Island

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Patience Island from near the Warwick Light
Patience Island, shown in red, in the inner part of Narragansett Bay

Patience Island lies off the northwest coast of Prudence Island, in the town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, United States. The island has no inhabitants since the Steere Family and has a land area of 0.8536 km² (0.33 sq mi, or 210.9 acres), making it the fourth-largest island in Narragansett Bay.


The last inhabitants, Earle and Clark Steere were founders of the Warwick Cove Marina and were offspring of Arthur Steere, who was a Senator and best friend of Roger Williams. Patience Island was given to Steere and Williams as a gift from the Indians to show good faith for early colonization of Rhode Island. The island and others nearby were named by Roger Williams and other early colonists. Colonial school children often recited the poem: "Patience, Prudence, Hope and Despair. And the little Hog over there."[1] Patience Island became part of Portsmouth in 1664.


Coordinates: 41°39′24″N 71°21′36″W / 41.65667°N 71.36000°W / 41.65667; -71.36000