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The nation's newest tall ship is making its first visit to Providence.

The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is based at Fort Adams State Park in Newport. It's scheduled to arrive in Providence on Thursday. It will be docked at India Point Park and will host tours for the public and school children.

The 200-foot-tall, three-masted ship is named after War of 1812 hero Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. The ship was built of steel at a cost of $16 million and is the first ocean-going, full-rigged ship to be built in the United States in more than 100 years.

Its main mast is 13 ½ stories high, or about 130 feet.

The ship accommodates 49 people overnight and is used for educational programs.




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