Despair is located in between Hope Island and Prudence Island. The island is composed of many outcroppings of rocks used extensively by nesting birds. such as gulls and terns. Though Despair Island is marked with a buoy, it is hard to see during daylight hours as it is barely visible at high tide, and the pile of rocks would be almost impossible to distinguish between land and water at night.
A popular colonial children's song about the islands of Narragansett Bay named by the theologian Roger Williams said "Prudence, Patience, Hope and Despair and little Hog Island, right over there."
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