Having completed a full summer of teen voyages throughout northern New England, the 200-foot Tall Ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be open to the public for free tours at Fort Adams State Park over the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend (September 2 and 3) from 1 to 4 p.m. both days.

The largest privately-funded, actively sailing civilian Tall Ship in the U.S., Perry also is Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel. Support from charitable, corporate and marine industry partnerships as well as private donations help fund sail trainee scholarships, partnerships with public schools, youth organizations, and activities that ensure wide public access to Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island’s education-at-sea programs. Donors who have given at the Afterguard and Captain’s Table levels are reminded to sign up for an afternoon sail on one of Perry’s four “Donor Day Sails” coming up. They are scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday, August 23-26from 1 to 4 pm each day.

To join the Donor Day Sails and/or make a tax-deductible contribution to Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island, a 501c3 organization, please contact Gretchen Thor at gretchen@ohpri.org or 401-841-0080

A full schedule and times for public touring opportunities in September and October follow below.

  • Fort Adams State Park

         Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 (1 – 4 pm)
    Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 (1 – 4 pm)

Fort Adams State Park, where SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is permanently berthed while not underway on voyages, is situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor, offering an exceptional panoramic view of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay.

  •  New London Open House – Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival

     $5/adults and $1 for children 12 and under
    Saturday, Sept. 92017 (10 am – 4 pm), City Pier, New London

Oliver Hazard Perry will be participating along with other Tall Ships in the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival.

  •  Newport International Boat Show

     For boat show ticket holders only
     Thursday – Sunday, Sept. 14-17, 2017 (10 am – 6 pm, except Sunday 10 am to 5 pm)

The Newport International Boat Show encompasses 13 acres of Newport waterfront and exhibits all types of sail and powerboats ranging from 16 feet to 100+ feet.

  •  Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival

    A small fee will be charged
     Saturday – Sunday, Oct. 14-15, 2017 (11 am to 5 pm)

The annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival is a free fall tradition on the Newport waterfront where vendors and restaurants offer their culinary takes on the bounty of the Ocean State. SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be dockside and open for tours on all days for a small fee.

For more information on SSV Oliver Hazard Perry and its programs, visit www.ohpri.org.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and 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.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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