The tall ship was heading back to its berth from a Newport seafood festival Sunday evening when it became tangled in a docking line and drifted into four boats.
Rhode Island’s state training vessel, the Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry, arrived safely at its home berth at Fort Adams State Park Monday afternoon after crash landing at a Newport dock Sunday night.
The 200-foot, three-masted ship’s propeller became tangled in a docking line around 6:15 Sunday night, causing it to drift into four boats docked at the Newport Harbor Hotel Marina and the Newport Yacht Club, said Jessica Wurzbacher, executive director of the Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island, the nonprofit that manages the vessel.
Crews were able to bring the ship under control and drag it to Perrotti Park, where it was tied up, with the U.S. Coast Guard providing a “safety zone” around it.
Wurzbacher said a diver cleared the propeller and power was restored to the ship.
However, out of an abundance of caution, they arranged for a tug from Mitchell Towing and Salvage in Fairhaven, Mass. to tow the tall ship to its permanent berth at Fort Adams State Park. The ship arrived at Fort Adams Monday evening without incident.
The Oliver Hazard Perry was heading back to Fort Adams from the Bowens Wharf Seafood Festival Sunday evening when the incident occurred.
A statement from the Oliver Hazard Perry said no one was injured in the incident and the docked vessels the ship collided with had only “minimal damage.”
A statement from the Coast Guard Sunday night said the ship had run aground after becoming disabled, but Wurzbacher said that was not the case.
Perrotti Park is the disembarkment spot for cruise ships in Newport. It was not immediately clear how many ships were not allowed to dock because the Oliver Hazard Perry was there.