Rhode Island’s new tall ship, Oliver Hazard Perry, was dedicated in grand style over the July 4th Weekend, with a gala at Newport Shipyard starting the festivities off and a public viewing at Fort Adams closing out the weekend.
The ship saw a remarkable transformation during its brief stay in Newport, arriving on June 21 for a yard period at Newport Shipyard. The first boat to test the shipyard’s massive new Travelift, Oliver Hazard Perry was hauled for painting and other upgrades that could not be done in the water. Long days and nights by the ship’s staff saw it ready for the gala on July 5, an event attended by friends of the Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island project from both near and far.
After the gala, the ship was towed to Fort Adams, where it was formally dedicated and then opened for tours for the rest of the weekend. When the public events were completed, it was towed back to Senesco Marine in Quonset, where its commissioning will continue.
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