Hawai`i Decides to Auction Historic Ship

HONOLULU, OAHU (Ben Caxton) — The State of Hawai`i has announced new plans for the historic “Falls of Clyde” ship moored at a Honolulu harbor. Hawai`i is going to sell the vessel at auction. “The Falls” is believed to be the last vessel of its kind and has been used for years as the site of a museum and hosting weddings, funerals, parties, military re-enlistment ceremonies and even a re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party. Hawai`i says it has tried to help preservation efforts by not charging any rent or fees for the use of its pier since April 2009. Most recently a Scotland based group had promised to sail the ship back to Scotland for restoration. But that deal fell through last month when they failed to raise the funding needed. Now with the ship falling into disrepair – the state spent emergency funds on repairs last month when it was discovered the ship had begun taking on water – the state said it was moving forward with auction proceedings in part to protect Honolulu Harbor.

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