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
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.
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!!!!
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.
This month has been one of preparation for the work that will be done by JMS Naval Architects & Salvage Engineers the second week of November. Their employees will inspect the ship and determine what needs to be done to safely move her to a drydock. They will also represent our organization in negotiations with the shipyard to get the ship safely in and out of drydock. Once a firm drydock commitment is made and a cost determined, we will start a capital campaign. The board looks at this project as a major step in our restoration plan.
We have also contracted with Foundation Search, an organization that will connect us with institutional funders that we hope will be interested in supporting our work.
Friends of Falls of Clyde has a Facebook page and we encourage interested people to friend us and dialogue with us. In addition, board member Susan Yamamoto maintains a blog that provides an informative perspective on Falls of Clyde.
The exciting news this month is that our new gangway is finally in place and allows easy and safe access to the ship. Mahalo to the board members who came out to give the muscle power needed to finish the job. Again, thanks to Clean Islands Council for building the sturdy platform on which the gangway sits. Thanks also to board member Fred Nunes who designed and built the large hoist we have in place to raise and lower the gangway when needed.
Mahalo to all those who contributed to Friends of Falls of Clyde during Foodland's "Give Aloha" campaign. Every amount helps defray costs of maintaining the ship.
We are finalizing the contract with JMS Naval Architects & Salvage Engineers to come down in November to inspect the ship and meet with the shipyard representatives as the next step moving toward getting the Falls into drydock.
We are celebrating our 5th year of ownership/stewardship of our wonderful ship and plan to put out our first Annual Report.
We are still moving toward what we hope will be our first drydocking in over 20 years. As mentioned last month, we believe our work with JMS will establish a safe plan for drydocking.
The hoist for the new gangway is still under construction. Once complete people will be able to safely board the ship on the new gangway. It will be easier to hold volunteer work days when we can get people safely aboard.
Remember that Friends of Falls of Clyde is a recipient of Foodland's Give Aloha program during the month of September. Please make a purchase at any Foodland and include a donation to us. Our organization number is 78512 or just use our name.
The board has been discussing the possibility of holding a movie night on the ship as a fundraising event. Keep tuned to watch for an announcement if we can schedule it.
July has been another preparatory work month. We will be hiring Jamestown Marine Services (JMS) to assist us in preparing the ship for drydock. We will be working with the JMS as our technical advisor as we discuss drydock details with Pacific Shipyard.
A third coat of paint has been put on the main deck, so it is well sealed. We may go with a fourth coat in heavily trafficked areas. The pumps are being overhauled to give us efficiency in moving water between tanks.
Work on the new gangway continues to get it ready for use. The platform now has wheels to move it around and construction has started on a system to move the gangway up and down. Metal plates will be welded to the platform to aid in the gangway's movement as the ship rides on the tides.
We will be changing out some old lines for safety. Wood refurbishment is ongoing. It is easy to see that the crew members on a ship always had plenty to do to occupy their time while at sea.
We were recently asked to provide an update for the Seafarers Society blog so I thought it was appropriate to share that update on our website.
Preserving and restoring an historic ship,
especially one that is approaching 135 years, is a long-term commitment and one
with periods where little seems to be accomplished. In the case of Falls of Clyde, putting the ship into drydock
for hull restoration is a critical goal for Friends of Falls of Clyde (FFOC). For
the past year and a half, FFOC have been working with naval engineers and
architects to get accurate to scale drawings of the ship. Last summer a
thorough internal pictorial and video survey was conducted of the internal hull
and tanks. Review of the pictures has been made to identify areas where work
needs to be done to strengthen bulkheads. We are currently planning to hire a
firm that can provide a structural assessment and plan for strengthening weak
areas of the ship prior to going into drydock.
We installed an internal pump system in order to
move ballast water between tanks and to prepare for the eventual movement of
the ship to drydock. The electrical system has also been upgraded to support
the pump system.
On an ongoing basis we are rehabilitating much of
the wood on the main deck. We have also coated the plywood main deck with a
sealant paint and have done some rust inhibition work on the bulwarks. We plan
to paint the bulwarks to slow further rusting. We have also patched some holes
in the metal deck. We are developing plans to fix some of cabins on the main
At the point we are waiting for completion of our
assessment work and will then carry out repair plans and move forward with
For those who want to contact us and speak to a member of the board, our telephone number is 877-641-0872. We are always looking for members of the community who would like to serve on the board as we move our work forward. People, who are skilled in project management, public relations, community outreach, volunteer management, and similar professional experience, are encouraged to contact us.
On the port side of the ship, we now have a banner stating the we are a National Historic Landmark Restoration Project. We belive this will give those looking at the ship better perspective.
Mahalo to Clean Islands Council (CIC) employees for completing work on the platform that will hold our new gangway. The new gangway was installed recently with help of CIC employees and Leeward Marine employees. Unfortunately, Mother Nature (tides) and physics (movement of the ship), disrupted the positioning of the gangway on the platform and some reworking needs to be done before the new gangway is permanently settled in.
Work continues on the pictorial survey, which we want to complete as we prepare to have discussions about drydocking the ship. Work continues on repainting the deck and doing rust inhibition work.
The internal pump system is checked periodically and is working fine.
If you've seen the ship from a distance, hopefully you've noticed that the wood is being cleaned up and varnished. It makes the ship look more special.
The shipyard has technical details that will help determine if a drydock can be done safely. We are currently ready to review the pictures from the internal condition survey done last summer which will help identify where the most work needs to be done.
We are also ready to recoat the wooden deck with a paint sealant. Another idea is to begin rehabilitation of the various deck cabins.
The new gangway is just about to be put up. Thanks to the craftsmen at Clean Islands Council, a new platform has been fabricated.