Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) is set to add its new 200ft square-rigged sailing education vessel (SSV) to America’s Tall Ship fleet.
The different components of the Class A Tall Ship, which is currently under construction, are spread across different locations and will be assembled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in spring 2014.
The ship’s hull is being built at Senesco Marine in Quonset, Rhode Island, wooden spars are being made at The Spar Shop at Grays Harbor Historical Seaport in Aberdeen, Washington, and the rigging is taking shape in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Captain Richard Bailey said: "The Perry is a modern, steel-hulled ocean-going civilian sail training vessel, with a 13.5 story rig and 20 sails with 14,000ft² of sail area."
With the capacity to accommodate 49 passengers, the ship features three decks, a modern galley and Great Cabin, Perry sports, navigation and communication systems, a science lab and wheelchair accessibility.
The Great Cabin will be mainly used as a classroom for education. It will feature monitors, real-time navigation and meteorological data.
The other classroom space will house laptop computers, interactive SMART boards and a well-stocked library.
The environmentally friendly sailing vessel will be powered by wind whenever possible, and otherwise on biodiesel-based engines and generators.
Additionally, it will use ultra-high capability Ensolve separators that will cleanse oily waste water down to between two and 15 parts per million using naturally occurring microbes.
Bailey said these ecologically responsible practices, along with first-hand experience of the fragility of ocean life, will instil a sense of pride, stewardship and passion among shipmates for the marine environment.
Image: The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry in Newport, Rhode Island, before its dedication. Photo: courtesy of Carol Hill / OHPRI.