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Photo credits: Al Weems 2014 (left and right) Bill Kayser (middle)

Inspected and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard as America's only Class-A size Sailing School Vessel, Oliver Hazard Perry signs on participants of all ages to 'learn the ropes' as she sails to various ports. Join the ship for week-long sail voyages alone or with family or friends (group inquiries are invited). Participants may range from age sixteen to ninety from all walks of life. After signing aboard the full-rigged ship you may find yourself on deck bracing the yards on a starboard tack, or taking your turn at the helm, perhaps steering the ship towards a blazing sunset or riding the crest of a following sea. Or maybe aloft, one hundred and thirty feet above the rolling swells, furling sail in a freshening breeze.

Although Oliver Hazard Perry is a new 21st century Tall Ship, participants of all ages who embark in her will join a long history of adventure education. They will live aboard a true Tall Ship and work side by side with professional crew learning square-rig seamanship on the first ocean-going full-rigged ship to be built in America in over a hundred years.

Aboard Oliver Hazard Perry the focus is on learning 'from sailing' rather than learning 'to sail.' Each individual participates to the best of their ability within the rotating watch system and the efforts of every member of the ship's company are vital to the voyage. No one is a passenger: everyone works together to help make the voyage a success. No prior experience is necessary; no extraordinary fitness is required. 

Time spent at sea can be a period of great personal challenge, introspection and growth often resulting in the discovery of a new sense of responsibility and confidence. You'll come to know your shipmates well, some will become enduring friends with whom you have shared the adventure of a lifetime. Together you'll feel a sailor's pride as you make Oliver Hazard Perry your ship and as you experience life at sea under sail - an adventure that few people are privileged to know.


A voyage aboard the Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry is safe and it can be exhilarating. But while sailing aboard Oliver Hazard Perry is an adventure, it is also comfortable: our professional chef prepares three fine meals each day, berths and cabins are comfortably furnished, and there is ample hot water for showers (although we must conserve our fresh water supply on longer passages). Accommodations are arranged in private two person state room (with private head) (with double occupancy) or bunks in group cabins.

Aboard Perry, you'll learn the timeless skills of seafaring, including:
  • Basic line handling
  • Manning the helm
  • Safety drills
  • Vernacular of square-rig
  • Masts, yards and sails
  • Square-rig evolutions
  • Knots and splices
  • Introduction to navigation
  • Advanced sailing
  • Working aloft
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