There’s a new tall ship on the block – the Oliver Hazard Perry. Read all about it here.
Folks on my side of the pond may not know about Perry, and might even find it hard to believe that there has ever been serious naval combat on the Great Lakes – history being written and celebrated by the victors, not the losers.
Nevertheless, Perry was a US naval officer whose small fleet won a decisive victory against the Royal Navy on Lake Erie during the War of 1812.
The new steel-built ship was originally built as a kind of replica of a British warship captured by Perry and his men, but when the group behind the project ran out of money, folks from Perry’s native Rhode Island bought the unfinished 138-foot-long hull, named it after him and six years later, the three-masted, 20-sail 1812 style warship will set sail this summer from the Newport Shipyard.
In future, high-school, college and adult students can join expeditions to study underwater archaeology and maritime history, while working the ship under the direction of a permantent crew.
There is to be, however, one iron rule that students must observe: they are not permitted mobile phones. In this day and age, I’m not entirely sure I could live with that myself!
My thanks to Chris Brady for spotting this one!