On Friday, April 25th, Rhode Island's — and Ocean Navigator's — official education sailing vessel, the 200-ft. Oliver Hazard Perry was hauled out at Newport Shipyard in Rhode Island. The ship will spend the next few weeks having exterior work done. This will include installing thru-hulls for seawater intakes, replacing zinc anodes, painting the bottom and topsides, and an inspection of the propellors and shafts.
If you're interested in joining us on Perry for one (or both!) of our week-long navigation/meteorology cruises in late September/early October, better sign up now. Berths are disappearing fast.
More from the press release: During the course of the last year, while SSV Oliver Hazard Perry was at Senesco Marine in North Kingstown, R.I., extensive work was completed on her interior, including plumbing, electrical wiring, insulation, machinery installation and the supporting welding. On the exterior, the cap rails have been added, the anchor hawse pipes and spurling pipes have been built, the bow sprit extended, a deck doubler for the anchor windlass has been built, and various ventilation pipes have been installed on deck. The spars for her rig have been made at The Spar Shop at Grays Harbor Seaport in Washington State and trucked cross-country to Portsmouth, R.I., where the Perry’s crew of riggers are completing the standing rigging. Meanwhile, Hood Sailmakers in Middletown, R.I. is finishing the ship’s sails, which the rigging team will bend on, to complete the rig.