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Educational tall ship to stay in port due to funding issues

September 6, 2018

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — An educational tall ship in Rhode Island will not sail south in the spring as planned because of funding issues.

The nonprofit that runs the Oliver Hazard Perry says it isn’t selling enough sail training and education-at-sea programs and it’s “pausing for a reset” to rethink its strategy.

The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is based in Newport. The 200-foot-long (60-meter-long), three-masted ship took about seven years to build and sailed for the first time in 2015. It’s named after a native Rhode Islander and famous naval commander during the War of 1812.

It is Rhode Island’s official tall ship.

The nonprofit says the ship will stay in Rhode Island while the organization explores entering into a different partnership or program, or possibly selling.

It laid off staff and crew.

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