Oliver Hazard Perry (OHP) was the first ocean-going full-rigged ship to be built in the U.S. in 110 years and is named for the young Rhode Island hero of the Battle of Lake Erie who on September 10, 1813 wrote, “We have met the enemy and they are ours…” The ship’s headquarters are located in Perry’s restored former home in Newport, Rhode Island. OHP is a platform for a wide range of sail training and educational programs. Schools and colleges craft their own custom programs of varying duration on the ship. Adult programs are offered directly through the ship’s office, and with partners at Ocean Navigator/Professional Mariner magazines. The ship has been designed to serve both the able and disabled. Sail training participants aboard OHP live and work alongside the professional crew as integral members of the ship’s company, becoming part of the team that sets and trims the sails, guides her voyage and animates her spirit.
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry has 14,000 square feet of sail and seven miles of rigging.