Ship's Log

We know that there is great interest in the future of the Falls of Clyde. There is a lot going on that the Board of Directors is dealing with, so we felt that keeping stakeholders involved through a report on our website is the easiest way to reach our worldwide audience.


Bruce McEwan, President

1-30 September 2014

posted Oct 3, 2014, 7:16 PM by Ling Ong

The big event this month was submission of our Maritime Heritage Grant to the National Park Service. We thank Governor Abercrombie, Representative Gabbard, and Kiersten Faulkner of the Historic Hawai`i Foundation for their letters of support. We should know about the grant award by December. We are still waiting to hear about other pending grant applications and continue to look for other appropriate corporate and foundation grant sources. What we need is one major donation that will show there is commitment in our community for this important preservation project and will then get other donors to contribute. For those who have read the book Catch 22, you understand our predicament in getting large donations.

We are also working with a professional fundraising consultant to generate individual donations. Our hope is to create an advisory team to guide us through that process.

This month also involved beginning work to seal the poop deck and eventually do repairs on the chart house.

Many thanks to those who took advantage of the annual Foodland "Give Aloha"  campaign and made a contribution to Friends of Falls of Clyde. We should know what we will receive shortly.

24 July-31 August 2014

posted Aug 31, 2014, 1:59 PM by Ling Ong

As previously announced, our capital campaign is underway. We have been submitting grant applications to private foundations and will soon submit our federal grant application for the Maritime Heritage Grant. This will get us a good way towards the targeted $1.4 million that we have targeted for the drydock in our overall campaign goal of $3 million that will allow us to pursue some restoration projects on the ship after the basic hull work is done. The sooner we can raise the funds, the sooner we will be able to get into drydock.  

Everyone following us on our website, our Facebook page, or the Facebook page of any of our board members are encouraged to send in a donation of any amount. Many small donations can make a difference. We need to turn our wonderful moral support into financial support. We have been getting grassroots donations, which we very much appreciate. We are looking at working with a fundraising consultant to help reach out to individual donors.

Starting September 1, the annual Give Aloha campaign at Foodland kicks off for the month. Anyone shopping at Foodland using your Maika`i card in September can add a donation for Friends of Falls of Clyde. Our non-profit number is 78512 or you can just mention our name. Remember that the donation is tax deductible.

Several board members worked on the ship this past Saturday to adjust lines for safety purposes. We are also planning to seal the poop deck with a special coating to keep out water from leaks. We recently put another coat of paint on the main deck to seal it and will be putting on another coat shortly. We have scheduled spot termite treatment for the Captain's salon to deal with the termite infestation in that area. Once done, we want to target the Captain's salon and cabin for our first major restoration project, which will then give us a showplace for people to visit.  

11-23 July 2014

posted Jul 23, 2014, 11:59 AM by Ling Ong

The decision to go into drydock this summer has been deferred pending success of our capital campaign. We met with PSI to assess the status of the pre-drydock work and were advised that PSI is not in a position to carry us with a payment schedule for the drydock. We have started our grassroots contacts for donations and have made some submissions for grants. The big grant for the federal Maritime Heritage Grant is accepting applications until September. Other grant sources, foundations and corporations, have various application due dates, most of which are during or after the drydock period we would have had. Both PSI and the Friends of Falls of Clyde board feel it is prudent to press forward with the fundraising and find a new window for the drydock once sufficient funds are in the bank to cover the cost estimate we have plus a contingency for unknown repairs that will be identified once the hull is cleaned and inspected. The board set a target of $3 million. We need everyone who has been following us over the years to provide whatever funds they can to move us toward our goal.

While we are focusing on the capital campaign, we will also be looking at a smaller project we can work on. The board has identified work on the poop deck and Captain's salon as areas that will be beneficial.

17 June-10 July 2014

posted Jul 10, 2014, 7:48 PM by Ling Ong

Attached is the much awaited 2013 Annual Report.

We are moving the Capital Campaign into high gear by hiring a fundraising consultant, reaching out to those who have donated over the past few years, and identified targeted foundations and corporations for grants.

We have the final scope of work estimate from PSI and the board will be finalizing it next week. All the pieces of the drydock puzzle are coming together. We need to get an agreement from PSI as to how the financing will be handled, since grant monies will come in over time.

For everyone following our history on this website, we need you to donate whatever you can afford to make our dream of getting our wonderful ship into drydock. We have gotten a great deal of moral support over the years and now need to convert that into financial support.   

27 May-16 June 2014

posted Jun 16, 2014, 1:21 PM by Ling Ong

We continue to move forward toward the drydocking of Falls of Clyde this summer. As you might expect, there are many details to be worked out before a move can be made. As we finalize the scope of work we are reaching out to the community for financial support. A major challenge for us is to make sure we have a steady flow of tax-deductible donations coming in as we get closer to the drydock period. If a lot of people are willing to support the mission of preserving and restoring our wonderful national historic landmark by providing whatever funds they can, we can make our goal. We are asking everyone who is following us to use their networks to encourage giving at any level. Checks can be sent to P.O. Box 4674, Honolulu, HI 96812 or Paypal donations can be made on this website.

The history of sailing ships in Hawaii commerce is an important one and Falls of Clyde is an excellent example and symbol of that period. There is a story to tell and the restoration of the ship to museum quality will allow us to tell the story to our students, community members, and visitors.

16 March-26 May 2014

posted May 27, 2014, 1:07 PM by Ling Ong

It has been a long two months waiting for the scope of work for the drydocking to be finalized. Friends of Falls of Clyde received the drydock proposal from Pacific Shipyards International last week. The FFOC board met on Saturday to discuss the proposal and set a goal for our capital campaign. Based on the fact that there is a major unknown with regard to the extent of hull repairs that may be needed when the hull is cleaned, the board decided to set a goal of $3,000,000. There is still some further negotiations to be completed before a firm date is set.

Since the ship is like a building and the hull its foundation, we want to come out of the drydock with the most solid foundation we can have. We have taken the past few years to document the internal hull condition and working with a naval engineer and architects we have gotten drawings together that are needed for the historical restoration of the ship. The multiple inspections of the ship have all confirmed that she is ready to safely go into drydock

The message we want to communicate to the community is that we are making a major step forward in our mission to preserve and restore our national historic landmark ship for her eventual return to a museum ship to serve the youth and adults of Hawaii and our visitors. In 2009 the State legislature passed a joint resolution declaring Falls of Clyde as a Hawaiian treasure that should be supported by all Hawaii's citizens. We are now reaching out to our citizens for support as well as local and national foundations and everyone worldwide who values the role of the maritime industry. We believe that Falls of Clyde is an excellent example of the sailing era we had in Hawaii and she fills a gap between the early sailing vessels of which Hokulea is a wonderful model and the modern ships we see daily in Honolulu Harbor.

For everyone who reads this log, we ask that you consider a tax-deductible donation by sending a check to Friends of Falls of Clyde, Inc., P.O. Box 4674, Honolulu, HI 96812 or making a Paypal donation through this website. Every little bit gets us closer to our goal.

Our 2013 Annual Report is still being finalized and will be posted here when it is ready.

1 February-15 March 2014

posted Mar 13, 2014, 1:13 PM by Ling Ong

Representatives from JMS Naval Architects were in Honolulu at the end of February and a meeting was held as PSI to discuss the drydock plan. We received a commitment from PSI to go into drydock between mid-May to the end of June. The scope of work and pricing are being worked on by JMS with PSI.

Friends of Falls of Clyde will be preparing the ship over the next two months for movement to the drydock. Contact has been made with the local tug companies for assistance. We also held a meeting with the Coast Guard to discuss their requirements for the move. We are all in agreement that the move must be made safely.
We have also asked our insurance broker to discuss the insurance needs for the move with the underwriters. 

A number of things will be coming together in a relatively short time, but  we have waited over 5 years to get to this point.

Although we do not know the exact cost at this point, we want to get the word out to as many people as possible that we are now raising capital funds for the drydocking. Tax deductible donations can be sent to Friends of Falls of Clyde, P.O. Box 4674, Honolulu, HI 96812-4674.

We are also working on our first Annual Report and hope to have it available by the end of March.

Finally, we will also be researching potential grant sources.

1-31 January 2014

posted Feb 6, 2014, 6:47 PM by Ling Ong

The month of January was auspicious for Friends of Falls of Clyde. The much-awaited-for report from JMS Naval Architects was received with the following result: "The analysis shows that FALLS OF CLYDE can be drydocked using the Pacific Shipyards International's 200 ft. X 80 ft. drydock." The report has been transmitted to PSI for review, but we fully expect to get a drydock date before the middle of this year. This is excellent news. As soon as an estimate of the cost is made, we will begin our capital campaign.

Also, the new plywood foc'sle deck was completed.    

1-31 December 2013

posted Jan 9, 2014, 6:13 PM by Ling Ong

We celebrated our wonderful lady's 135th birthday on 12 December. For her age, she isn't bad looking:)

We are waiting for the JMS plan for drydocking, which will be the piece we need for PSI to get a commitment to drydock later in 2014.

A volunteer, Bill MacGillivray, who is both a sailor and a contractor from Canada, is laying a plywood deck on the upper foc'sle deck, which will stop some leakage.

As we move into 2014, it is always good to reflect on the past, but more importantly to plan for the future. Friends of Falls of Clyde will publish our first annual report documenting what we have been doing over the past five years. Once a drydocking time has been secured, we will also be reaching out with a capital campaign.

Members of the board are being educated to research grant resources, which we are hopeful will be successful for our fundraising.

To all, a very happy and prosperous new year!!!!

1-30 November 2013

posted Dec 8, 2013, 1:10 PM by Ling Ong

The main activity this month was the inspection conducted by JMS representatives Jack Ringelberg and David Forrest during the week of November 11. During the week there was a meeting with PSI to discuss the possibility of drydocking Falls of Clyde next Spring or early Summer. The critical piece will be the plan for drydocking that JMS will provide to PSI.

JMS also provided a condition survey for our insurance underwriters.

We also made progress with Bishop Museum to take ownership of a small runabout owned by HMC, which is at Pier 7 and will be used to conduct hull inspections and possibly do some pre-drydock work on the hull.   

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