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The public dedication ceremony for the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry—Rhode Island’s future tall ship—can be observed at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, at Alofsin Pier at Fort Adams in Newport, where the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will make her weekend appearance before returning to Senesco Marine for completion.

Public visits will take place immediately following until 4:00 p.m. that afternoon and resume on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. All weekend activities are free to the public, and parking is free at Fort Adams.

The Dedication Gala on Friday, July 5 at 6:00 p.m. is a ticketed event at the Newport Shipyard that includes cocktails and dinner, dessert and dancing, as well as a raffle and live auction to raise funds for the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, which will be dockside during the event. The fundraiser honors the leadership of OHPRI Chairman Emeritus, Vice Admiral Thomas R. Weschler, USN (Ret.), who has been a driving force behind tall ship events in Rhode Island since he volunteered to help manage the 1976 Bicentennial event in Newport.

For more details on all Dedication Weekend events or to purchase tickets for the Friday, July 5, Dedication Gala, call (401) 841-0080, email or visit the Oliver Hazzard Perry website by CLICKING HERE  where details and a downloadable Dedication Evening Registration form can be found. Tickets for the Gala start at $75 (dessert and dancing) and $200 (cocktails, dinner, dessert and dancing).

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