Photo credit: Vancouver Maritime Museum

Photo credit: Vancouver Maritime Museum

1. Introduction

January 13, 2017

This summer SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is going where no full rigged ship has sailed for over a century. Along with a team of scientists from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, a documentary film crew (David Clarke Inc) and high school, undergraduate and graduate students, Oliver Hazard Perry will sail into the Northwest Passage to Cambridge Bay in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, north of the Arctic Circle.

This exciting voyage marks the next milestone in Oliver Hazard Perry’s career as a trailblazing Sailing School Vessel specifically designed for educational programs for students and adult explorers. Sailing from her homeport of Newport on June 15, Perry will sail first to Lunenburg (Nova Scotia), then St. John’s (Newfoundland) and on to Pond Inlet in the Northern coast of Baffin Island in the Nunavut Territory. From Pond Inlet she will stop for research at Dundas Harbor, Prince Leopold Island, Radstock Bay, Beechy Island, Coningham Inlet and Gjoa Haven before reaching the westernmost point of the voyage at Cambridge Bay on Todd Island. We will then follow our trail back through the Northwest Passage and all the way south to Newport, arriving at the end of October.

Over the course of the next two months we will be sharing information on our blog highlighting more of the details of this exciting trip, including:

-          Specific details on each program & timelines

-          Our mission and the alignment of this voyage

-          Our partners: National Science Foundation, URI, David Clarke, Inner Space Center, Canadian government

-          Meet some of the team: Ice Pilot, Maritime Historian, Polar Bear Safety Office, Captain, Medical Officer, Chief Scientist, Film Crew, ship’s crew

-          Geography of the Northwest Passage

-          Education and public outreach component of the expedition

-          History of Tall Ships in the Northwest Passage and other vessels transiting

For more information or to make reservation please call the office (401-841-0080) or see here

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