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OHPRI is seeking volunteers!

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Completes First Program of 2019 Season

OHPRI 2019 Moving Forward

Photo by Tim Casey

Photo by Tim Casey

Press Release - Winter Plans and Beyond for SSV Oliver Hazard Perry

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Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry is Stage for Island Moving Company

Rhode Island’s Official Tall Ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is wrapping up a successful 2018 season with Island Moving Company’s site-specific production of Second Star to the Right: A Tale of Hook & Pan

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SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Named Rhode Island’s
Official Flagship and Tall Ship Ambassador

In July, Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed legislation making Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Oliver Hazard Perry the Official Flagship and Tall Ship Ambassador of Rhode Island. The 200 foot, three masted Class A Tall Ship is the first ocean-going full-rigged ship to be built in the U.S. in 110 years and the largest civilian Sailing School Vessel in the U.S.A., second in size only to the United States Coast Guard's Barque Eagle. 

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“Experience, Education, Exploration” OHPRI’s Summer Party Raises Funds for SSV Oliver Hazard Perry

The sixth annual summer fundraising party for Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) raised over $50,000 for the non-profit organization’s education-at-sea programs. Held Thursday, June 28 at Newport’s Fort Adams State Park, where SSV Oliver Hazard Perry was dockside and open for tours, the event celebrated the Tall Ship’s 2018 voyages and the momentum her programs have enjoyed since she first sailed in 2015.

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Aquidneck Island Students Complete Voyage Aboard Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry  

With 21 students aboard from Rogers High School, Portsmouth High School and the MET School, Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel SSV Oliver Hazard Perry returned to Newport yesterday morning after ten days at sea. The 200 foot three-masted Class A Tall Ship and its student trainees, plus two teacher chaperones and 18 professional crew, started the voyage in Philadelphia on June 2 and traveled approximately 566 nautical miles to get here, according to the ship’s Captain Kevin Wells.

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Fulfilling Educational Mission: Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry Sailing with Aquidneck Island Students

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND (June 3, 2018) – To fulfill its educational mission that includes a commitment to Aquidneck Island students, the non-profit organization Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) is hosting 21 students from Rogers High School, Portsmouth High School and the MET School on a nine-day voyage aboard Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel

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Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry in Annapolis

Open for Public Tours Before Departing with Midshipman Candidates

The 200-foot Class A Tall Ship, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry arrived today at the Naval Academy in Annapolis and will be open for public tours this Saturday (May 12) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dewey sea wall (Gate 1 entrance).  On Monday (May 14), it will depart with 26 Midshipman Candidates and four instructors from the Naval Academy Prep School (NAPS) in Newport, R.I. While sailing on a 12-day voyage, the students will learn about shipboard life, the mechanics of sailing and teamwork. Once in Philadelphia, they will participate in a spectacular Parade of Sail (Thursday, May 24) for Tall Ships participating in Sail Philadelphia’s Tall Ships Festival, before disembarking on Friday

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Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry Begins Journey South with Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy Students

The students recently completed a four-week MAMA “Mariner Boot Camp” training course designed to give them international credentials for securing an entry level job on a ship. To graduate from their program, they must now finish at least 160 hours of hands-on experience at sea, a requirement that will be completely fulfilled during their time aboard Perry.


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Rogers high school students go to sea on america's newest tall ship oliver hazard perry

This spring, the 200-foot Perry sailed her inaugural ocean passages to Cuba and Bermuda. The voyages to Cuba were targeted towards high school and college students, and on her way back to Newport in April, Perry provided a special program for adventurous adults who wanted to learn the skills of offshore celestial navigation and meteorology. Next up was two back-to-back voyages for Midshipman candidates from Newport’s Naval Academy Prep School, followed by the most recent one-week voyage for a group of freshmen, sophomores and juniors who attend Newport’s Rogers High School.

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Naval Academy Prep School Students “Ship Out”on Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry

The 200-foot Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel, departed Monday, May 1 for its first of two back-to-back programs held in partnership with the Naval Academy Prep School (NAPS). Aboard were 28 midshipman candidates enrolled in a ten-month course of instruction at NAPS that began in July 2016. The candidates will be at sea aboard Perry for five days.



Biodiesel Sees the Sea: New Sailing School Vessel Fueled with B20

Newport Biodiesel provides 6,000 gallons of B20 for voyage ending in Cuba

NEWPORT, R.I. (February 22, 2017) – A one-of-a-kind ship with a special mission is now fueled with 20 percent biodiesel as it begins a voyage from New England to Florida, then on to Cuba in March. On February 21, 2017, the 200-foot Sailing School Vessel Oliver Hazard Perry took on 6,000 gallons of B20 at Newport Shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island.