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Court orders review of Blount ‘tent’ OK in Warren

Court orders review of Blount ‘tent’ OK in Warren

A judge has ordered the Warren Zoning Board to reconsider aspects of a decision last year that allowed Blount Boats to erect a large, semi-pemanent tent structure on the banks of the Warren River, after an abutter filed suit in Rhode Island Superior Court. In early 2013, the board voted to approve a special use

The Vista Jubilee heads down the Warren River for the last time on Monday, April 28.

Vista Jubilee leaves Warren in her wake

If you lived in Rhode Island during the 1990s and early 2000s, you’re likely familiar with the unmistakable Vista Jubilee, the Blount-built ferry boat that ran regular excursions out onto Narragansett Bay for nearly 20 years. Last week, the old vessel sailed out of Warren for a new home in New York City. The Vista


Blount Boat delivers ferry to Long Island

Another boat has gone down the ways at the Blount yard on Water Street in Warren. The shipbuilding firm recently completed and delivered the Fire Islander, an 85-foot passenger ferry that will move commuters back and forth between Bay Shore, Long Island and Fire Island on Great South Bay, Long Island. A two-deck, all aluminum


Blount Boats to pay $24,000 in fines

Blount Boats will pay a $24,000 penalty and spend at least $230,000 on a new “tent” building over its ways on the Warren River, to resolve federal claims that the boat-building company violated federal and state clean air regulations. Blount received town approval in January to build the 44-foot-tall tent structure over its ways; the

Workers well the steel structure of a ferry boat being built at Blount Boats on the Water Street waterfront. The firm wants to expand its Warren operation.

Blount Boats gets Warren OK for large tent

A plan to build a 45-foot-tall tent on the Warren River waterfront has gotten town approval and now moves on to the state. But it likely won’t be the last building to spring up at Blount Boats. At its most recent meeting, the Warren Zoning Board unanimously approved a height variance and special use permit

Marcia Blount walks in a Blount Boats bay. Behind her is a new ferry boat that will spend its life in Casco Bay, Maine.

Planners give thumbs up to Blount Boats ‘tent’

A plan to build what amounts to a 44-foot tall tent on the Warren River shoreline took a step forward Monday night, when the Warren Planning Board signed off on the application submitted by Blount Boats. The boat-building outfit wants to build the large tent structure to help finish boats under construction at the thriving

Blount Boats review delayed after Warren quorum fails

It will be another three weeks before the town reviews a plan to expand the Blount Boats plant on Water Street. Members of the Warren Planning Board were expected to review the plan Monday night, but had to cancel a public hearing on the matter when only four of the board’s nine members showed up.

The late shipbuilder and East Bay legend Luther Blount loved the trombone, even if he didn’t always play in tune. He passed away in 2006, but the trombone ensemble he founded — The Ocean Bones — is still going strong in his memory.

Trombonists won’t let Warren shipbuilder’s legacy slide

The late Luther Blount of Warren was many things: shipbuilder, captain, entrepreneur, engineer, inventor, philanthropist, father. His legacy hasn’t been forgotten. When “the father of small ship cruising” died at age 90 in 2006, three daughters kept the Blount Boats shipyard and Blount Small Ship Adventures going. But another group of people are honoring a