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Bannister's Wharf Marina

Once the home port for some of the world’s most famous yachts including Endeavour, Shamrock V, Ticonderoga, and Dennis Connor’s Stars and Stripes, Bannister’s Wharf is the most coveted deep water dock space located in the center of Newport Harbor. Bannister’s Wharf is a 30-slip, deep-water marina with floating docks as well as a 280 foot fixed pier. The marina welcomes sail and power vessels, both large and small. 

John Bannister established the Wharf in 1742 as a commercial and social lifeline for Colonial Newport. It has fulfilled that purpose through many manifestations, down to the present day. From Oliver Hazard Perry to Ted Turner, sea captains have looked to Bannister’s Wharf to fulfill their maritime and social requirements. Stores, boutiques, and galleries along the wharf will satisfy any shopping desire you may have, and a visit to the highly acclaimed Clarke Cooke House restaurant will prove to be the quintessential Newport experience!

Marina Approach and Docking

Bannister’s Wharf Marina is a 30-slip, deep-water marina located at the wharf’s end. It is located in the center of Newport Harbor, adjacent to the Newport Yachting Center. The marina has both floating docks with fingerpiers and stationary, alongside docking and can accommodate large yachts. Marina hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in-season, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. off-season.

Contact Information

Radio: VHF Channel 9
Dock Office: (401) 846-4556
Dock Office Fax: (401) 846-7732
E-mail: bwdocks@aol.com
Dockmaster: Jim McCarthy

Information at a Glance

Dockage Rates: Call for rates
Payment: Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
Transient Slips: 30 MLW/LOA: 16’/280’
Fuel: Gas/Diesel Electric: 30/50/100 Amp
Pump-Out: Available
Head/Shower: Yes/Yes; newly renovated
Laundry: Nearby
Airport: Providence TF Green – 40 minutes, Boston/Logan - 75 minutes
Accommodations: Waterfront guestrooms and historic suites

Annual Events in Newport:

January - New Year's Day Celebration @ The Clarke Cooke House, Polar Bear Plunge - Easton's Beach 

February - Newport Winter Festival, Bridal Show

March  - Newport St. Patrick's Day Parade

April - Daffodil Days, Easter Egg Hunt at Rosecliff, Newport Restaurant Week April 1-10

       June  Int'l Polo Series Begins, Newport Flower Show

       July -  Int'l Folk Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Sail Newport Regatta, Tennis Hall of Fame Championships, Newport Bermuda Race        


September - Classic 12 Meter Yacht Regatta, Newport Int'l Boat Show 

October - Annual Seafood Festival  10/15-10/16, Guess the weight of the Pumpkin @ Clarke Cooke House

November -  Thanksgiving @ The Clarke Cooke House

December - Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa's Arrival on Bowen's Wharf, Cooke House New Year's Eve Party 12/31