Rhode Island’s Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry On Schedule For Anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie

 Illustration: Ezra Smith Design, LLC

Illustration: Ezra Smith Design, LLC

There is still more steel to be welded, rigging to be run, and money to be raised, but the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s Tall ship, looks to be on schedule to be sailing in time for the 200th anniversary of Perry’s victory in the of the Battle of Lake Erie next year.  The ship is under construction at Senesco Marine in North Kingstown, R.I.  Click here to see photos of the work underway at the shipyard.  Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island, the non-profit profit organization behind the project, will offer sail training programs for all ages. Captain Richard Bailey has been named the ship’s master and Jessica Wurzbacher will serve as the Education Director.

Tall ship keeps growing

“It is a very exciting time for SSV Oliver Hazard Perry,” said Dunbar. “We are using as many Rhode Island marine trades professionals as possible to build this ship, and at Senesco alone we have already funded 6,000 hours of skilled labor. Our goal is to move the ship to Newport for a dedication on July 6, 2013 and continue working toward having her Coast Guard inspected, certified and operational for the bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie on Sept. 10, 2013. SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be based in Newport, but she will sail as a symbol for all of Rhode Island and as an ambassador for the state’s seafaring heritage and its innovations in education at sea.” 

In other words, OHPRI needs more money now for the Perry’s completion and they have put a matching funds scheme in place for November and December to raise as much as they can. Any individual or corporate contribution from $1,000 to $20,000 made before the end of the year will be doubled by the anonymous supporter. The Shipbuilding Syndicate Challenge guarantees that larger donation amounts – two-year pledges between $25,000 and $500,000 – will be matched at 50 percent, up to $250,000. The challenges have the potential to generate nearly $1.2 million.

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2 Responses to Rhode Island’s Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry On Schedule For Anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie

  1. Erik Abranson says:

    This is the second capture of HMS “Detroit” by the Americans ! The first time it was made by Oliver Hazard Perry in 1813. Then, in 2000, the Canadians began the construction, in Ontario, of a steel reconstruction of HMS “Detroit”, the hull of which was launched in 2002. The project ran into funding difficulties and in 2003 it was seized by the yard for unpaid bills. A settlement was reached in 2004 and the project looked as if it might be pursued. I lost track of it at that point but … this is the very hull that, with some modifications, is being completed in the US under the name HMS “Detroit’s” nemesis !

  2. Rick Spilman says:


    That’s great. I had missed the connection. Thanks for the comment.