Christmas came early this year for Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel, the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, when its two Caterpillar C-12 main engines were delivered in November.
At Senesco Marine in North Kingstown, R.I., both of the 12-liter, in-line 6 cylinder engines were lowered onto the 200-foot Tall Ship’s freshly painted engine beds. Each has a rating of 385 hp at 1800 rpm and is certified to run on a 20 percent biofuel-to-diesel blend.
The Perry’s engine installation is part of the final construction phase that also includes her move this winter from Newport Shipyard on the Newport waterfront, where the ship’s lower masts, Douglas fir upper mast sections and 16 yards will be installed. Currently half completed, her 20 sails continue to be made by Hood Sails, and the rigging team is in place to take delivery of the masts and spars in February.