Courtesy Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island, photo/Matt Gineo.

The non-profit organization Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island(OHPRI), which is building Rhode Island’s official sailing-education vessel the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, reports that it has exceeded its 2012 year-end fundraising goals thanks to individuals and corporate supporters who helped match 2 challenge grants issued last September by an anonymous benefactor.

Photo credit/Rod Smith

The 196’ three-masted, square-rigged tall ship has also been given a permanent berth on the north side of a new 240’ fixed pier that has been designed as part of scheduled improvements to Fort Adams State Park in Newport.

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