Falls of Clyde saved from sinking at sea

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The historic sailing ship Falls of Clyde has been rescued by a Hawaii group that wants to preserve the vessel.

Friends of the Falls of Clyde have taken over ownership of the vessel from the Bishop Museum.

The ship will remain at the Hawaii Maritime Center next to Aloha Tower Marketplace for 90 days, then go into dry dock for renovations that could cost as much as $32 million.

The ship has been closed to the public since last year because of its deteriorating condition.

The Falls of Clyde was built in 1878 in Scotland, where it was launched as the first of eight iron-hulled, four-masted ships.

From 1898 to 1907, it was used as a transpacific passenger and freight-carrying vessel between Hilo and San Francisco.

It was decommissioned in 1959, given to the Bishop Museum in 1968 and then transferred Hawaii Maritime Center in 1988.

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