We are able to report that there has been positive communication from Save Falls of Clyde International showing Friends of Falls of Clyde that there are more people involved advising on the plan to save Falls of Clyde and by returning her to Scotland and giving her a future role in the maritime world. We now know that there is support for the plan from experienced resources in the U.S. Forward movement means that success is on the horizon.
The board of Friends of Falls of Clyde had to celebrate the 142nd birthday of Falls of Clyde virtually on December 12. We have been monitoring Facebook posts from Save Falls of Clyde International to find that there is an advisory board to give guidance that we hope will lead to a practical plan to move the ship to Scotland as soon as possible in 2021. We hope for the best for everyone in 2021, most importantly a positive future for our historic ship.
During this period, we asked the Harbors Division leadership what steps were being taken to look after and maintain Falls of Clyde. What we received was a statement that Harbors Division was responsible for the care of the ship and they referenced their contractor as the one who inspected the ship on an “as needed” basis, which is a far cry from bi-monthly work that Friends of Falls of Clyde had tried to maintain when we still had access to the ship. When asked about what kind of reports Harbors Division received from their contractor, we were told that no reporting was requested from the contractor, which means there is no paper trail regarding on the ongoing condition status of the ship. This begs the question as to what they understand as the standard of care necessary to protect a national historic landmark.
We still are hopeful that Save Falls of Clyde International will finalize their plan to remove Falls of Clyde and transport her to Scotland in a post-COVID period.
Bruce McEwan, President
We know that there is great interest in the future of the Falls of Clyde. There is a lot going on that the Board of Directors is dealing with, so we felt that keeping stakeholders involved through a report on our website is the easiest way to reach our worldwide audience.