Tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry runs aground in Newport

Angelo Anderson
October 19, 2017

The U.S. Coast Guard says a tall ship in Rhode Island lost power and hit multiple boats before going aground.

The 200 ft three-masted SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, an educational tall ship homeported in Newport, was leaving Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival with 12 crew members aboard when it lost power and began to drift. Thanks to the quick actions of the captain, crew, the Newport Harbor Master, Oldport Marine, and the U.S. Coast Guard, the ship was safely secured to the docks at Newport Harbor Hotel and Newport Yacht Club in the northeast corner of Newport Harbor.

According to Wurzbacher, they are assessing any damage to the other boats. She is now secured alongside Newport Harbor Hotel Marina. A diver has cleared the propellers, and both engines are operational. On Monday, the 58'x19'x8', 1,000-hp tug Jaguar from Mitchell Towing and Salvage, Fairhaven, Mass., assisted moving the Perry back to its home berth at Fort Adams.

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 Perry is operated by a non-profit foundation, Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island, as a civilian sailing training ship.

The incident appears to have not resulted in any serious damage to the ship, and sea trials will be conducted to confirm the vessel's fitness, according to foundation officials. "All of Perry's 2018 voyages and plans for festival participation are expected to continue as scheduled".

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