Rendering of the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry. Image: Paul Fuchs on behalf of OHPRI.

A dedication ceremony for the Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry and tours of the vessel will be held Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Fort Adams State Park at 11:00 a.m.

The dedication ceremony for Rhode Island’s official Sailing Education Vessel and its Great Cabin can be observed dockside at the Alofsin Pier/Ft. Adams, where the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will make a weekend appearance before returning to Senesco Marine for completion. Public tours will be available following the ceremony.

Dedication tours will also be held Sunday, July 7, at Fort Adams State Park (hours tbd).

The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel currently under construction at Senesco Marine in North Kingstown, is a 196’ three-masted, square-rigged tall ship—the first oceangoing full-rigged ship to be built in the United States in over 100 years. She has been given a permanent home on the north side of a new 240’-long fixed pier that the state has designed and is building as part of scheduled improvements to Fort Adams State Park in Newport. The Perry will offer year-round educational programming under sail and at sea for a diverse group of students, including those with disabilities. Ongoing public support and private donations will enable completion of the ship and advance new and existing partnerships with our state’s schools, colleges and universities to provide educational opportunities for students.

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