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SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Mainmast Stepping Ceremony

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 26, 2014

The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Mainmast Stepping Ceremony took place on Wednesday morning and Tall Ships America had the distinct honor of being invited to attend.

Photo Credit: Eliza Braunstein

Photo Credit: Eliza Braunstein

The ceremony commenced at precisely 1030 with the ringing of the bell. We listened to remarks  an assortment of speakers involved in the creation of SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, as they spoke about the process of making a dream come true. We also learned about the significance of mast stepping and the significance of Oliver Hazard Perry‘s mainmast. Then, descendants of Oliver Hazard Perry placed a commemorative coin beneath the mainmast and a crane lowered the mast into place. VADM Thomas Weschler, USN (Ret.), had the quote of the day when he stated, “This is the most exciting thing that’s happened to me since World War II!”

Photo Credit: Jen Spring

Photo Credit: Jen Spring

Photo Credit: Eliza Braunstein

Photo Credit: Eliza Braunstein

Photo Credit: Jen Spring

Photo Credit: Jen Spring

Photo Credit: Jen Spring

Photo Credit: Jen Spring

Photo Credit: Jen Spring

Photo Credit: Jen Spring

Upon the stepping of the mast, the gun was fired and the ceremony concluded. The rigging crew, with this achievement now complete, will spend the autumn completing the ship’s rig and getting the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry ready for her first summer sailing season.

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