October 2015

Around the world


Stepping aboard the square-sail full-rigged ship Oliver Hazard Perry, it’s easy to feel you’ve gone back in time.  It’s a new, $12 million project, seven years in the making.  Despite its classic look, it’s packed with state-of-the-art technology. 

Three 100-foot wood masts line the 200-foot-long deck. The rigging is a seven-mile maze of rope, arrayed across the masts and yard arms and through massive wooden pulleys to control 14,000 square feet of custom-made sail.  Shaky rope ladders stretch from the rails to the top of each mast, where crew members climb to unfurl or stow the sails, even in wind and rain and rolling seas.


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