Oliver Hazard Perry Dedication Weekend July 5-7

Published by MM Editor on Wednesday, 26th June 2013 - 1:25PM


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 auction will raise funds for the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, which will be dockside at Newport Shipyard. (ticketed event)

Dedication Ceremony and Tours Saturday, July 6, 2013 Fort Adams State Park 1100 - 1600 hours

The Dedication Ceremony for Rhode Island’s official Sailing Education Vessel and its Great Cabin can be observed from dockside at the Alofsin Pier/Ft. Adams, where the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will make a weekend appearance before returning to Senesco Marine for completion.  Tours will be available following the ceremony. (public welcome)

Dedication Tours Sunday, July 7, 2013 Fort Adams State Park 1000 – 1600 hours

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be open for tours at Fort Adams. (public welcome)

Background: The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island's Official Sailing Education Vessel currently under construction at Senesco Marine in North Kingstown, R.I., is a 196’ three-masted, square-rigged tall ship--the first oceangoing full-rigged ship to be built in the United States in over 100 years. She has been given a permanent home on the north side of a new 240-foot-long fixed pier that the state has designed and is building as part of scheduled improvements to Fort Adams State Park in Newport. The Perry will offer year-round educational programming under sail and at sea for a diverse group of students, including those with disabilities.  Ongoing public support and private donations will enable completion of the ship and advance new and existing partnerships with our state’s schools, colleges and universities to provide exciting educational opportunities for their students. For more information:www.ohpri.org / jess@OHPRI.org  

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