Ship profile for the sailing ship: "Falls of Clyde"
Technical data of the sailing ship:
|Name:||Falls of Clyde|
|Type of rigging:||4-MAST-VOLLSCHIFF|
|Yard:||Russell & Co., Port Glasgow, GBR|
|Overall length:||98.50 m|
|Length (hull):||85.30 m|
|Sail area:||3400 m2|
|Ship's hull:||Stahl / Steel|
Portrait of the sailing ship:
Last update: 21 Feb 2014
- regarded as the only four-masted fully rigged ship of the great sailing era and the only remaining sail-driven oil tanker.
- she was a British general cargo vessel from 1878 to 1898 usually sailing between England and India.
- between 1898 and 1901 she underwent basic modification when she was sold to American owners, entry into service as a Hawaiian transpacific passenger and freight-carrying vessel, in 1898 she was rigged as a 4-masted bark and sailed as a freighter on the West coast of the USA until 1907.
- the ship was bought by the Associated Oil Company in 1907 and converted into a sailing oil tanker; several changes of the owner, voyages between America and Denmark, after 1922 she was used for 37 years as a floating oil store and petrol depot in Alaska, her rigging was removed.
- 1959-63 she was owned by William W. Mitchell from Ketchikan, US; laid down in Seattle
- 1963 the people of Hawaii collected about $25,000 dollars to prevent the ship from being sunk as a breakwater; taken under tow bound for Honolulu; restoration to a sailing ship, but the refitting and rigging were repeatedly delayed by adverse conditions, such as a hurricane.
- given to the Bishop Museum and opened to the public in 1968, restoration was finally completed in August 1983 and she has been birthed since then at pier 7 of the famous Maritime Center in Honolulu.
- U.S. National Historic Landmark since 1989.
- caused by lack of maintainance and financial support the ship got in poor condition, 2008 announcment by the Bishop Museum to sink the ship as a breakwater if any support would fail.
- foundadion of the non-profit group "Friends of Falls of Clyde" who took over the ship and its maintainance.
Contact:Website (English, 28 Feb 2011):
Falls of Clyde: website of the owners with history and photos, activities, contact
Literature for further reading:
We recommend the following references for your further research of the ship. The references marked with have been included in the generation of the ship profile on this page.
"Die letzten grossen Segelschiffe"
Delius Klasing Verlag 1997 ISBN: 3-7688-0483-6
(9. aktualisierte Auflage)
Page: 338 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data
Beken of Cowes, Eric C. Abranson
"Segelschiffe der Welt"
Edition Maritim 1995 ISBN: 3-89225-314-5
(engl. Originalausgabe: "Sailing Ships of the World", 1992, Thomas Reed Publications Ltd.)
Page: 94 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data
"Unter Segeln, die grossen Windjammer auf den Weltmeeren"
Koehlers Verlagsgesellschaft mbH 1994 ISBN: 3-7822-0605-3
(ital. Originalausgabe: "La nave a vela")
Page: 201 Source with picture Source with history
"Maritime Oldtimer, Museumsschiffe aus 4 Jahrhunderten"
Edition Leipzig 1986
Page: 41 Source with history Source with technical data
Ein interaktives Informationssystem auf CD-ROM 1998
(2. überarbeitete Auflage)
Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data Quelle with contact
(Gemälde und Foto)
"Die letzten grossen Segelschiffe"
Delius Klasing Verlag 2002 ISBN: 3-7688-0483-6
(10. aktualisierte und erweiterte Auflage)
Page: 380 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data