Rhode Island's

tall ship

Launching life's adventure




 Who we are

Launching life's adventure

Our mission is to provide innovative and empowering education-at-sea programs to promote personal and professional growth.


 What we do

Programs for everyone

  • Operate and maintain the largest privately-funded, actively sailing civilian Tall Ship in the U.S.
  • Offer education-at-sea and sail training programs for students of all ages.
  • Develop and teach ocean-oriented educational programs for secondary and college level students.
  • Provide professional training and job opportunities for individuals wishing to pursue a career at sea.

  •   We want you!

    Ways to get involved

    “My son has not stopped talking about his week of sailing. He talked the whole way home with a huge smile on his face about steering the ship at night, with the stars above, the meaning of the flags, the knots and the importance of tying them correctly, and new vocabulary and commands. I am so grateful my son was able to have this truly amazing experience, and I am seeing how thoroughly it has impacted his thinking and interests! Thank you all so very much for the kindness and generosity of everyone involved with this program at OHP, all the crew and donors!" - Linda Daigle, Epping NH


     History in action

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    Bringing this tall ship to life has been journey made possible by many hands.

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    Our Supporters

    Our Supporters Shipbuilding Syndicate $1,000,000+ Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Forrest Mars, Jr. Stratus Foundation $250,000+ Bowen's Wharf Company George Lewis EJMP Fund for Philanthropy,...

    OHP Mast Stepping

    A Step Closer to Completion

    SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Hauled at Newport Shipyard

    SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Hauled at Newport Shipyard Newport, R.I. (May 1, 2014) – Last Friday (April 24), Rhode Island’s Official Education Sailing Vessel SSV Oliver Hazard Perry was hauled at Newport Shipyard where over the next three to four weeks...

    Sail Power Enhanced by Computer Power

    NEWPORT, R.I. (February 10, 2014) -- At a small gathering last week, Peter Conrad Tea, Business Development Manager of Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, CA), presented Jess Wurzbacher, Director of Operations and Education for Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode...

    Finishing the Spars

    The Spar Shop at the Historical Seaport finishes spars for the Rhode Island tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry.

    Chariho Students Making Belaying Pins for Oliver Hazard Perry

    At Chariho's Career and Technical Center, students in Michael Jarret's marine-trades course already are learning about the ship. Jarret, who has spent time on ships at sea, is eager for his students to have the same opportunity. They are working on a...

    Video Feature: OHPRI Seminar @ Providence Boat Show

    Hear Jess Wurzbacher (Director of Operations), Elise Huebner (Education and Outreach Assistant) and Michelle Bush (Associate Principal at Paul Cuffee) describe RI's brand new Tall Ship and the experiences you can expect on board when she sails this...

    The making of the Spars for Oliver Hazard Perry

    Milling spars for the tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry

    Adventure at Sea Summer Camps for Teens Aboard the Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry

    Spending a week on a 200-foot Tall Ship isn’t your typical summer camp fare, but in July and August of 2014, teens between the ages of 13 and 18 will have a unique opportunity to experience “an ocean of education and adventure” aboard the newly...

    Tall Ships America’s TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes

    Slideshow captions 1). The 157-foot topsail schooner Pride of Baltimore II surrounded by spectator boats during the re-enactment of the Battle of Lake Erie where the tall ship portrayed the US Brig Caledonia.  (Photo courtesy of Tall Ships America) ...

    Oliver Hazard Perry - see what has been accomplished! July 6, 2013

    New video from Vic Farmer on the status of the Oliver Hazard Perry in July 2013 AND photos from July 5th's Dedication Evening by Jack and Barbara Renner

    Our Mission - watch the video

    SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be Rhode Island's own tall ship, providing our state with a 200-foot long, three-masted sailing vessel to join the select fleet of Class-A size Tall Ships hosted by the nations of the world. With this extraordinary ship we...

    Oliver Hazard Perry Dedication Weekend July 5-7

    Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel Dedication Evening Fundraiser Honoring VADM Thomas R. Weschler, USN (Ret.) Friday, July 5, 2013 Newport Shipyard 1800 hours (until midnight) Cocktails, entertainment, a dinner/dance and a live...

    SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Scheduled for Newport Appearance

    Fundraiser, Dedication Ceremony and Public Visits  to Highlight Ship’s Visit Over July 4th Weekend NEWPORT, R.I. (June 6, 2013) – It’s not just Rhode Island but the whole of North America that is watching as the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry becomes a...

    Maritime Learning Experience on Tap for Students

    Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island NEWPORT, R.I. (May 15, 2013) – Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI), the Rozalia Project, and the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing are banding together this month to provide 120 seventh and eighth graders...

    Vespia among RI educators aboard tall ship, Gazela PrimeiroTuesday, June 26, 2012

    NEWPORT, R.I. – Kathleen Vespia, assistant professor and chair of the education department, has been selected to represent Salve Regina University as a crew member aboard Gazela Primeiro, the Philadelphia-based tall ship that will make a six-day voyage...