WHAT: SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Public Showing and Tours
WHEN: Public Showing May 5th (afternoon) – May 12th
Public Tours: Saturday, May 9th – Mon, May 11th (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.), Tues, May 12th (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
WHERE: Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry © George Bekris
Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Oliver Hazard Perry will make the first-ever visit to her permanent berth at Fort Adams State Park in Newport. She is the first ocean-going full-rigged ship built in America in over a century, and she sails as the Ocean State’s Official Sailing Education Vessel.
The impressive silhouette of SSV Oliver Hazard Perry includes a towering rig, the tallest part of which reaches 13 ½ stories high; a total of 19 spars that have been turned from massive Douglas fir trees on the largest spar lathe in North America; seven miles of rope and wire that have been made integral to the ship’s operation by tradesmen trained in both modern and traditional rigging techniques; and 20 sails, both square and fore-and-aft that total 14,000 square feet.
As a Sailing School Vessel, the Tall Ship will carry not passengers but students of all ages participating in academic and experiential learning programs aboard while engaging in all aspects of shipboard life.