Tall ship loses power, hits boats in Rhode Island

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Posted: Oct 15, 2017 9:55 PM

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a tall ship in Rhode Island lost power and hit multiple boats before going aground.

Coast Guard officials say the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry was leaving a seafood festival Sunday evening when it lost power and began to drift in Newport Harbor.

The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is a civilian training and educational vessel based in Newport.

Officials say there were 12 crew members aboard at the time. There were no reported injuries or pollution.

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An investigation is ongoing.

The 200-foot-long (60-meter-long), three-masted ship took eight years to build and was finished last year. It's named after a native Rhode Islander and famous naval commander during the War of 1812.