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SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, Newport Tall Ship Runs Aground

Monday, October 16, 2017

 

Coast Guard photo of the Oliver Perry

It is the first ocean-going, full-rigged ship to be built in the United States in over 100 years, and it is designed for education, but Sunday night the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry got into trouble.

The U.S. Coast Guard Station Castle Hill reported that it "is providing a safety zone in Newport Harbor, Rhode Island, Sunday night after a tall ship lost power and hit multiple other boats before grounding near Perrotti Park."

The ship is homeported in Newport and was leaving Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival with 12 crewmembers aboard when it lost power and began to drift.

A 911 dispatcher alerted Coast Guard watchstanders to the incident at about 6:15 p.m.

Two response boat crews from Station Castle Hill immediately deployed to the scene, where personnel from the Narragansett Bay Task Force are also helping with the response. 

There are no reported injuries or pollution. The incident is under investigation.

About the Ship

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is the largest civilian Sailing School Vessel in the United States. Oliver Hazard Perry is the first ocean-going full-rigged ship to built in the U.S. in over 100 years. Her accommodations hold 32 people overnight in addition to her 17 professional crew. 

 

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