The mainmast and mizzenmast of the 200-foot tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry were stepped the first week of October at the Hinckley marina in Portsmouth, marking a major milestone in the completion of Rhode Island’s official sailing education vessel.
The forward mast was stepped earlier in September.The mainmast towers more than 13 stories above the deck of the Hazard Perry. It is made up of three sections: the 65-foot-long lower section made of steel, and its upper two sections that are made from Douglas fir. Collectively, Perry’s 19 wooden spars weigh almost 36 tons and total 25,182 board feet – enough to build a house of over 3,700 square feet.
Peregrine was hired to support the construction and commissioning of the Sailing School Vessel Oliver Hazard Perry. In its role, Peregrine is responsible for the overall coordination of project execution, including budget, schedule and procurement management, construction oversight and ship commissioning.
More than $14 million has gone toward the ship’s completion; organizers have to raise $975,000 more to make it operational.
When complete, the Oliver Hazard Perry will be a Coast Guard-inspected and approved steel-hulled technologically sophisticated ship. In addition to its three decks and modern galley, Perry sports high-end navigation and communication systems, a state-of-the-art science lab and wheelchair accessibility.
“This is the flagship of our state of Rhode Island, for our tourism, for our marine industry, for our school and students, and for our citizens who appreciate that we are the Ocean State,” said Bart Dunbar, chairman of the foundation’s board of directors. “That is the statement we are making.”