Congratulations to Richard Bailey ‚Äď Official Captain of SSV Oliver Hazard Perry
Congratulations to Richard Bailey who has been appointed captain of the¬†SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, which, when commissioned next summer, will be among the largest¬†and most sophisticated school ships built in America in recent decades. ¬†The¬†Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island organization has made an excellent choice. Captain Bailey, who has been part of the project from the onset, has also commanded¬†more than six tall ships since 1972, including the HMS Rose¬†(now the HMS Surprise.)
Captain Bailey has mastered the range of skills necessary to¬†successfully¬†operate¬†a sail training ship – from seamanship, to¬†personnel¬†management, to diplomacy, to an ability to herd cats. ¬†I met Richard Bailey when he was captain on the HMS Rose and I went on a day sail from South Street Seaport. ¬†The Rose was tied up alongside Pier 17 on the East River. I watched as Bailey apparently effortlessly maneuvered¬†the¬†burdensome¬†18th¬†century¬†replica in and out of very tight berth with a three or four knot current running, using the propellers to hold the ship against the current and the rudder to move the ship directly sideways. Very nicely done. ¬†I later learned of Captain Bailey’s management skills when I was part of a volunteer crew of Patrick O’Brien aficionados who sailed on the Rose from New York to Bermuda. ¬†We were a¬†motley¬†mix of¬†enthusiasm and inexperience with just enough knowledge to be¬†dangerous,¬†but Captain Bailey, his officers and crew soon had us raising sails and standing watches on what would be a most enjoyable trip.
So again, congratulations to Captain Richard Bailey and to the¬†Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island organization. I know that we are all looking forward to the day when the SSV¬†Oliver Hazard Perry¬†sets sail.