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News From Rhode Island’s Education at Sea Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI), the non-profit organization that is building Rhode Island’s Education at Sea Tall Ship, has announced that an Educational Symposium will be held Friday, March 12, 2010, from 1p.m. to 4p.m at the University of Rhode Island. The event, co-hosted by OHPRI, the University of Rhode Island Foundation and the Newport Chamber of Commerce and funded by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, is designed to explore how educators can create customized courses by combining academic and experiential programs on board the SSV (Sailing School Vessel) Oliver Hazard Perry, which when completed in 2012 will sail as a 207-foot, three-masted, square-rigged Class A school ship.

“This gathering is for secondary and college level Rhode Island educators, school leaders and any and all other interested parties,” said OHPRI Chair Bart Dunbar. “They will learn more about the ship and what she can do for the education system in this state,” said Dunbar, “and we will hear from them what needs they have and programs they want so that we can plan and design appropriately. We are fortunate in that, already, we have made great strides in developing partnerships with Rhode Island institutions for significant educational programs.”

The moderator for the symposium will be Capt. U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.) David V. V. Wood, former captain of the USCG Cutter Eagle. In addition to an introduction and history of the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry there will be sessions addressing OHPRI’s vision and new initiatives, the ship’s architecture, marine technology expectations, and integration into school curriculums, including middle and secondary school educational opportunities and undergraduate educational interests. Students and teachers who have experienced Tall Ship educational programs will also be part of the presentations.

“The project has become as much about building a schoolhouse as it has about completing a Tall Ship,” said OHPRI’s Fund Raising Chair Tom Goddard. “It’s an experiential platform from which students and college kids can learn about navigation, math, oceanography, sail training, the marine trades and this state’s fascinating maritime heritage.”

Goddard explained that the University of Rhode Island, Rocky Hill School and the Naval Academy Prep School (NAPS) are a few of the many who have shown interest in exploring options, and currently OHPRI is co-writing a grant request with Rocky Hill School for submission to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

The Oliver Hazard Perry’s design drawings allow for 38 students on overnight offshore sails and 85 for day sails. Currently the ship’s hull is undergoing surveys and inspection at Promet Marine Services in Providence, where its deck and accommodations will be built and many of its systems installed. The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will then move—under its own power–to Newport’s Louis Jagschitz State Fishing Pier where it will be fitted out with masts, spars, rigging, sails, and electronics. At both venues, Rhode Island workers will be employed (Hall Spars in Bristol, Hood Sails in Middletown, and Newport Shipyard are all slated to be involved, while Dave Bonney of Bay Marine in Barrington is the ship’s naval architect), and in Newport, the ship will be a magnificent work-in-progress that can be followed by the public and enjoyed as an educational experience for all ages.

The symposium will be held in the Rhode Island Room at the URI U Club, 95 Upper College Road, Kingston, Rhode Island. The event is free and refreshments will be served. For more information and to register, visit www.OHPRI.org or contact Perry Lewis at OHPRI headquarters, 401-841-0080.

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Charleston Eagerly Awaits Arrival of Tall Ships

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

This year’s Charleston Harbor Fest is shaping up to be the most ambitious and memorable maritime event in the city’s history. The event will open June 26, with access to docks and tours of tall ships from around the globe, and will close June 29th when a breath-taking Parade of Sail exits the Charleston harbor.

More than twelve ships, ranging in size from 56 to 295 feet have already been confirmed. Many more are expected. These vessels, hailing from France, England, Germany, The Netherlands, Bermuda, and the United States, will dock at the Charleston Maritime Center and the Union Pier Passenger Terminal. The event’s focus is on the water, but boasts attractions on land, by air and at sea.

Land: wooden boat display, living history exhibit, pirates, family boat building, interactive education village and conservation displays

Air: Aerobatic flight demos, helicopter rides, other exciting news to be announced soon.

Sea: Tall Ships, free sailing lessons, harbor tours. America’s tall ship, the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle will be on display. It is the only active and operational commissioned sailing vessel in the U.S. maritime services. Captain Chris Sinnet is a South Carolina native and is the Eagle’s current Commanding Officer of this vessel that serves as a seagoing classroom for approximately 175 cadets and instructors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Tickets will be required to gain access to the docks and to board the ships, and VIP packages will be available. There will be unique sailing opportunities onboard the tall ships for adults to cruise from Charleston to Boston at a passenger rate. Additionally, a student program for teens is being developed for sailing on the Spirit of South Carolina from Bermuda to Charleston with partial scholarships available.

Bus shuttles will also be available for convenient transport during the festival. To learn more and order tickets, please visit: www.charlestonharborfest.org.

Charleston Harbor Fest is an event of the South Carolina Maritime Foundation. Proceeds from Charleston Harbor Fest support the Spirit of South Carolina, a tall ship offering effective, unique educational opportunities for the students of South Carolina. These programs focus on the history, math, science and literature of South Carolina’s water resources, and encourage personal responsibility, contribution to community and stewardship of the environment.

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Steel Hull for Rhode Island’s Tall Ship on its Way to Newport

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

After announcing in July its intention to build a Tall Ship for Rhode Island, the non-profit organization Tall Ships Rhode Island (TSRI), Inc., closed September 2 on the purchase of a steel hull that gives it a substantial leg up on its mission. It will see through to completion the building of the Oliver Hazard Perry, a 207 ft., three-masted, full-rigged 19th Century warship replica with ties to Rhode Island’s famous naval war hero of the same name. TSRI, a non-profit organization that has brought several magnificent Tall Ships events to Rhode Island over the past decade and a half, will then operate the Oliver Hazard Perry as a working sail training vessel out of historic Newport.
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Spirit Enters Maintenance Period in Newport

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

NEWPORT, Rhode Island – A sail to Block Island proved dramatic when a major squall line approached the Spirit of South Carolina tall ship on July 27 and lightning poured down around the ship. In one big, bright, blast, the ship’s electronics and engine power were lost. The subsequent evaluation has included multiple dives on the hull, through-hull inspections, examinations of the rig for melting, charring or damage of any kind, and thorough investigation of damage to the top mast, running rigging, standing rigging, shackles, mauzings, ironwork, lightning rod, and lightning wire. The tall ship was hoisted out of the water Monday, August 18 at Newport Shipyard in Rhode Island to investigate the total impact of the incident.
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Lightning Strikes Spirit of South Carolina in New England

Monday, July 28th, 2008

NEWPORT, Rhode Island (July 28, 2008) – As reported by Captain Tony Arrow, at approximately 3:00 PM on Sunday, July 27, the Spirit of South Carolina was off the east coast of Block Island when a strong line of squalls approached. The ship was struck by lightning, disabling most of the electronics onboard and the engine power which is controlled by electronic components. There were no injuries to passengers or crew. At the time of the bright blast the ship was operating in heavy weather mode with passengers down below and everything battened down while keeping a close eye on traffic. Other vessels in the same area were also struck by lightning. The Spirit of South Carolina is equipped with substantial lightning protection as well as surge protection in the electrical system. Coincidentally the ship was preparing to return to Newport, Rhode Island following this adult education voyage and begin a scheduled maintenance period in August, which will now include a thorough investigation to assess any and all
repercussions of the lightning strike to the vessel.

The ship was conducting an open enrollment program out of Newport, Rhode Island at the time of this incident, with twelve passengers onboard, primarily from South Carolina, plus its regular crew of nine.

“We had lightning all around us and all of a sudden there was a big, bright blast and I knew it had hit the ship,” said Captain Arrow. “We lost radios, GPS, and engines but thankfully were well prepared for the situation with a handheld GPS, handheld VHF radio and mobile phones.”

Following the intense blow, Captain Arrow and his crew assessed the situation and found that although the ship’s huge wooden hull appeared to be uncompromised, they immediately called a PAN-PAN message to the U.S. Coast Guard, making them aware of the ship’s location and the current state of lost electronics and engine power. A Coast Guard vessel came to the ship to
standby for temporary assistance and kept in close communication with the vessel overnight. The ship is currently awaiting a tow to the Newport Shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island. All of the passengers onboard have been transferred off the vessel as today was the planned return of the voyage.

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Chicago Maritime Festival – February 23

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

February 23 the Chicago Maritime Society will host the 6th annual Chicago Maritime Festival. Since the first festival in 2003, Torresen Marine has been a proud sponsor, providing support services to the event.

If you are in the Chicago area, please consider attending this event and learning more about our maritime heritage.
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Summer Crewing Opportunity Available for Teens on Tall Ship

Friday, February 8th, 2008

CHARLESTON, SC – This summer, teens from South Carolina and beyond will set sail aboard the Spirit of South Carolina for a 14-day sailing expedition to explore coastal New England and the Gulf of Maine. Spirit Ocean Adventure, a pilot sailing program that will launch in June, is a partnership initiative of Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute (YLI) and the SC Maritime Foundation (SCMF). (more…)

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Star Clippers To Build World’s Largest Sailing Ship

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

MIAMI – Star Clippers has been in discussions with shipyards to build a new five-masted vessel for the line for delivery in 2010. Set to be the largest, most expensive sailing vessel ever constructed, the 7,400-gross-ton barque is modeled on France II, which at 5,000 gross tons was the world’s largest sailing ship when it was launched in 1912.
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