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FALLS OF CLYDE (Sailing Oil Tanker)

Honolulu, Hawaii
County of Honolulu.
Pier Seven, Honolulu Harbor
National Register Number: 73000569
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Transportation - water -related. The threat level was Threatened in
2005.
Congressional District: HI-1 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Ship museum.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 11, 1989):
The world's only surviving four-masted, full-rigged ship, FALLS OF CLYDE (1878) is the oldest surviving American tanker and the only surviving sailing oil tanker left afloat. Built during a shipbuilding boom inspired by increasing trade with the United States, the ship made several voyages to American ports while under the British flag. Sold to American owners in 1898, it gained American registry by a special act of Congress in 1900. Henceforth she was involved in the nationally important Hawaiian trans-Pacific sugar trade and later in transporting petroleum as a bulk cargo carrier.

Condition:
The Falls of Clyde was reported to be in threatened condition in March, 2005. Photos of the keel in the area af the Jigger mast show about 3-4 feet of water there, over the top of the keel. The interior hull is very rusty with heavy flaking of the iron plating and virtually no signs of any remaining paint. Small holes (1"-2"diam) below the waterline have been plugged with wooden plugs to stem the majority of the water flow but some of these are leaking. She has a pronounced list to port. There is only one person assigned to maintain the vessel (who has virtually no budget). If some action isn't taken to try to stabilize the situation, it seems to be just a matter of time before she may be lost.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
Falls of Clyde is reportedly owned by the Bishop Museum.


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