On July 3, 2013, the 132´ SSV Oliver Hazard Perry—after an intensive week of hull finishing, sanding, welding, grinding and related tasks—was launched via the 500-ton Travelift at Newport Shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island. The sprucing up was preparation for the ships’ July 4 dedication ceremony, photos of which are shown here.
The accompanying documentary video of the launch was shot and produced by Captain Vic Farmer of WebGhosts.com. Much of the yard work is also documented in a series of on-line slide shows available at OHPinNewport.Shutterfly.com.
Known as “Rhode Island’s Tall Ship”, the steel-hulled Perry is slowly taking shape after years of work. When completed, she will perform the following functions:
- Serve as Rhode Island’s tall ship—as well as the largest, privately owned active Tall Ship in the U.S.
- Offer sail training programs for all ages.
- Develop and teach sea-oriented educational programs for secondary and college level students.
- Provide pre-professional training for individuals wishing to make their careers at sea.
- Work with Rhode Island marine trades to establish training programs and create job opportunities.
- Represent Rhode Island in American and foreign ports.
- Display and interpret the ship’s history for the education and enjoyment of the general public.
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