FALLS OF CLYDEScottish built, wrought iron hull, fully riggedship/barque, part of the Matson Line that traded fromfrom San Francisco & other West Coast ports toHonolulu.Ship rescued from breakers and towed toHonolulu in the 1960s, restored and thenallowed to languish with minimal care until inan unsafe condition with falling rigging, rot inher topmasts/jib boom and deteriorated stand-ing rig. Hull in poor material condition and inimminent danger of sinking at HonoluluMaritime Museum berth downtown.Ship advertised around world, no takers.Bishop Museum decides for at-sea disposal ofvessel at 15 mile disposal site in deep water.
The ship was down-rigged by Brian Toss’screw in July and August of 2008 with all rig-ging safely removed and the remaining sparsproperly strengthened.The stem and stern of the ship were strength-ened with the addition of steel plate, steel rods,underwater patching, removal of rudder andthe removal of the bow sprit and figurehead.A disposal site was chosen and approved bythe EPA & USCG and the vessel was rigged fortow after approval was obtained for the TowPlan and Ship Disposal Plan.
Decision Process:1.) No funding source for restoration,2.) Vessel in danger of losing part/all of standing rig,3.) Danger to adjacent commercial berth and Museum structure due to possible loss of stability and capsizing,4.) Extremely poor hull condition with wasted bulkheads, framing & decks.5.) Loss of hull insurance,6.) No ‘White Knight’ to take vessel away,7.) Scrapping not an alternative in Hawaii.Decision made for at-sea disposal of vessel.
THE FOLLOWING PHTOGRAPHS DEPICT HISTORICAL PHOTOS OF FALLS OF CLYDE DURING HER SAILING DAYS AND BEFORE DOWN-RIGGING AND PREPARATION OF VESSEL FOR DEEP SEA DISPOSAL.
The rig was in poor (and dangerous) condition. The bowsprit was failing and in danger of falling at any time. Wooden topmasts were rotted and were be removed with associated damaged/rotted yards and standing/running rigging. Forecastle & Maindeck has serious wooden deck issues and needs replacement throughout. Interior support scantlings/frames for all spaces are in poor/fair condition and require extensive repair/replacement. All interior hull transverse and longitudinal bulkheads holed, or are non-existent and are non-watertight and require repair/replacement. Extensive shell plating is holed and/or suffering > 80% plate loss. Many temporary wooden plugs and/or DC plugs were keeping out water. Extensive separation of shell plating from structural framing due to corrosion of rivet and plate lap seams. New coating system failed in Tanks # 4 & 5 with resultant rust/scale. Rust/scale and oil waste from tanks was sandblasted and being dumped into lazarette & Tanks # 4 & 5. No flooding alarm system installed. No standby pumping capability aboard. Rudder assembly totally rotted away at waterline and unsupported.
Side shell framing separated from shell plating as rivets have failed.
Wooden plugs keeping sea water from sinking FOC, aft.