SSV Oliver Hazard Perry set to visit annual seafood festival

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This weekend, attendees at the 25th annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival in Newport will enjoy an opportunity to board the 200-foot Tall Ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, the Ocean State’s Official Sailing Education Vessel and the first ocean-going full-rigged ship built in America in over a century.

The ship will be dockside and open for visits on both Saturday and Sunday while the Seafood Festival offers fare from a number of participating restaurants and fine-food vendors plus live music and other waterfront entertainment for the entire family.

“The 25th annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival is a free, long-running fall favorite in New England, and it’s thrilling that as part of the festival, the public will have the opportunity to view the Perry up close and visit her on deck and down below,” said Bart Dunbar, president of Bowen’s Wharf Co.

The impressive silhouette of SSV Oliver HazardPerry includes a towering three-masted rig, the tallest part of which reaches 13-½ stories high; a total of 19 spars that have been turned from massive Douglas fir trees on the largest spar lathe in North America; seven miles of rope and wire that have been made integral to the ship’s operation by tradesmen trained in both modern and traditional rigging techniques; and 20 sails, both square and fore-and-aft that total 14,000 square feet.