Oliver Hazard Perry
The Oliver Hazard Perry

Rhode Island’s tall ship OLIVER HAZARD PERRY is departing The Hinckley Company’s shipyard (Portsmouth, RI) on Thursday morning, bound for New London’s Maritime Heritage Festival.

They are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to work alongside the crew for the weekend. Join them for a four-day adventure!

Interested participants should be on the dock at 0800 tomorrow morning (September 10th), ready to get underway. The ship will head south down Narragansett Bay before sailing west across Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound and docking in New London tomorrow night. OLIVER HAZARD PERRY will remain at the festival dock throughout the weekend where the crew and volunteers will give ship tours to the public. Docent training will be provided. The ship will return to her Portsmouth dock on Sunday, September 13th.

More docent opportunities will be available during the Newport International Boat Show from September 17th – 20th. OLIVER HAZARD PERRY will be berthed at the Perry Mill Wharf for the duration of the show and will be offering ship tours to all visitors with a festival wristband.

Contact Eric Spicer at (401) 841-0080 if you are interested in either of these volunteering opportunities.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.