"Falls of Clyde" is Going Home to Live a New Life!
Good news! After many years of negotiations, bidding, and re-bidding, the Falls of Clyde International of Scotland have been awarded possession of the world's last-surviving wind-powered barque.
She will be taken to Scotland, where she was built in 1878, aboard a float on/float off ship, such as carried the USS John McCain (DDG-56) home for repairs after it was struck by a tanker off the coast of Singapore in 2017.
Once in her new home, the Falls of Clyde will be restored. Her last restoration was done in Hawaii in the 1970s. We saw her looking glorious in "Small Potatoes" and M Station: Hawaii. Strong sunlight, high winds, and the passage of time have damaged her almost beyond recognition.
The effort to move Falls of Clyde to Scotland began when the Bishop Museum said they no longer wanted her and said they planned to move her offshore and to scuttle her. Needless to say, public outcry arose, and efforts began to find a way to save her. Local efforts failed to raise the necessary funds to move her from Honolulu Harbor and to a place where she could be dry docked for repairs. After several years, the Falls of Clyde International was formed to help generate international interest in saving the ship. After many delays and complications, they finally have accomplished the mission by showing that Falls of Clyde not only can be restored; she can be put to work as a teaching ship, teaching the world that shipping can take place using wind power and solar power, without the use of fossil fuels. Plans are for her to sail again, visiting countries around the world -- perhaps, even, giving a wave to her fans in Hawaii!
We've been watching this story unfold for more than ten years and will continue to do so as Falls of Clyde's history moves forward, into the 21st century. Don't you know Jack would be on deck, celebrating, if he were here!