In response to the proposals, FFOC submitted the following Letter to the Editor in the Honolulu Star Advertiser:
Falls of Clyde Can Be Saved
The two proposals submitted to DOT Harbors to remove the National Historic Landmark ship Falls of Clyde from Honolulu Harbor show that there is support for making sure that the historic ship is not lost to posterity. However, only one is focused on ensuring that the ship has a new life where she is certain to be preserved and restored for another role in her 142 years as an invaluable part of maritime history.
DOT Harbors can only choose the Falls of Clyde International proposal to safely return the ship to Scotland where their plan for her future is one that understands how an historic vessel can be relevant in the 21st Century.
As legal owners of the Falls of Clyde, we endorse their proposal.
Bruce McEwan, President
The letter was published in the paper on August 9. While it is probable that there will be no announcement of the acceptance of one of the proposals, if they do find them acceptable, until sometime in September, FFOC believes that support for the Falls of Clyde International proposal from the local and national and international community is needed now. The contact person at the DOT Harbors Division is Jeffrey Prather (firstname.lastname@example.org), so any correspondence should initially go to him. The decision to move Falls of Clyde to Scotland should be an easy one for the Harbors Division, since the goals to remove the ship from Honolulu Harbor and save her by returning her to Scotland are not mutually exclusive. Public support can hopefully make the decision even easier, so please feel free to show that support.
When you send a support, please send us a copy to Contact Us at our website www.friendsoffallsofclyde.org.