My first day at the OHP shore-side office at the end of February was the same day Oliver Hazard Perry departed Newport, RI. Since then, every program and port of call has felt like a milestone for myself and for the vessel! The spring and summer is filled with fantastic programs for teens from New England and beyond.
I’ve been aboard The Oliver Hazard Perry for about five months, and that time has been almost evenly split between shipyard time and sailing on program time. I’ve been a deckhand as well as, briefly, a program manager. Working in both settings has given an important perspective on the operation of the ship.
Over the past week, the Oliver Hazard Perry professional crew and trainees from Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy have been participating in rigorous safety training. This training is aimed at making sure all crew members know specific procedures for several kinds of emergencies and are prepared for all the potentially-dangerous tasks that must be done aboard. Everyone on the crew is given a position on the Station Bill, a document that shows each person's responsibility during three emergency situations: fire, man overboard, and abandon ship. Our training also covered medical emergencies, line-handling safety, aloft safety, and engine room procedures.
Follow along our two-week voyage that is 100% returning trainees. Through trainee recaps, get a glimpse of life on board Oliver Hazard Perry as she sails from Newport, Rhode Island to Portland, Maine.
History has been made! SSV Oliver Hazard Perry successfully went international, and to the amazing country of Cuba. As we make our way back to Florida to do it all again, we reflect on the incredible experience to visit such a welcoming, exciting, beautiful country. It has been a journey none of us will ever forget.
Crew Blog Entry #1: Casey Holt - Program Manager
IT ALL STARTED WITH...
The International Code of Signals (ICS) , which is an international system of signals and codes for use by vessels to communicate important messages regarding safety of navigation and related matters.
Today on Oliver Hazard Perry we were flying Signal Flags Oscar over Quebec. Why was that? Well first lets take a look at the flags themselves.
YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN NEW ENGLAND WHEN...
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry was presented today with a new COI for Oceans and Exposed Waters by United States Coast Guard Inspector Joseph Minor. There to recieve the COI was Captain David Dawes, Executive Director Jessica Wurzbacher, and Chairman of the Board Bart Dunbar. Witnessing the ceremony were the 17 professional crew of the vessel.
Yesterday was our splash day over at J.Goodison Shipyard which means we are back in the water! Here is a video highlighting what it looked like at the shipyard yesterday!
I'm Lucy Bellwood a tall ship sailor, cartoonist, and illustrator from Portland, Oregon. My connection to the Oliver Hazard Perry? I had the pleasure of being a Voyage Cartoonist during this summer's second sail-training program! In the strange career I've carved out for myself, I currently travel from place to place making comics about unusual experiences- many of them nautically-themed-- so you can imagine how thrilled I was to come aboard and explore all that the Perry had to offer.
Everyone on board SSV Oliver Hazard Perry plays an active role in the operation of the ship, from taking the helm, setting sails and performing boat checks, to helping the cook, doing dishes and even cleaning the heads. One of the tasks in the rotation is documenting the day, below are some of the blog entries the students wrote during their voyages to give you a little taste of what life has been like aboard.