Christmas came early this year for Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel, the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, when its 2 Caterpillar C-12 main engines from Milton Cat—one of the Perry’s Marine Trades Partners—were delivered in November.
This week at Senesco Marine in North Kingstown, the 12-liter, in-line 6-cylinder engines were lowered onto the 200’ ship’s freshly painted engine beds. Each has a rating of 385 hp at 1800 rpm and is certified to run on a 20% biofuel-to-diesel blend that will be provided by another of the ship’s Marine Trades Partners, the locally headquartered Newport BioDiesel.
The Perry’s engine installation is part of the final construction phase that also includes her move this winter from Senesco to Newport Shipyard on the Newport waterfront, where the ship’s lower masts, Douglas fir upper mast sections and 16 yards will be installed. Currently half completed, her 20 sails continue to be made by Hood Sails, and the rigging team is in place to take delivery of the masts and spars in February. The ship’s entire inventory of interior paneling, fixtures and equipment has been ordered and partially installed.