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Falls of Clyde Faces Uncertain Fate

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The fate of a historic tall ship moored in Honolulu Harbor could be left up to the state.

The 138-year-old Falls of Clyde has been moored in Honolulu Harbor for more than 50 years at pier 7.  Built in 1878 the ship is the last surviving iron-hulled ships with a four mast full rigging.  In her prime, she served the Matson Company as a passenger ship, making runs between the Hawaiian Islands and San Francisco before being modified into an oil tanker.   Se survived two scuttling attempts in 1963 and then again in 2008.

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The state harbors division has ordered the ship to move and impounded the vessel after revoking its mooring permit, calling the vessel a safety hazard.

A group called The Friends of Falls of Clyde has been working to either find the ship a new home here or in California… or as a last resort, scuttle it to create an artificial reef.  Their president Bruce McEwan said the organization is asking the harbors Division for a hearing to argue its condition. 

McEwan hopes the Harbors Division will release the ship from impoundment and let the organization continue with its plan.

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