State to auction off Falls of Clyde after efforts to move vessel fall through

State to auction off Falls of Clyde after efforts to move vessel fall through
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state said Thursday that the Falls of Clyde is being put up for auction immediately, a day after the state’s deadline to move the ship out of Honolulu Harbor came and went.

Inspection of the ship by potential buyers is scheduled for February 15, and the bidding deadline has been set for February 28. More information on the sale can be found by clicking here.

The 140-year-old ship is the last four-masted, iron-hulled sailing oil tanker in the world, and those hoping to preserve it had arranged to have the vessel loaded onto a yacht carrier and shipped back to Scotland, where it was built.

But Save Falls of Clyde International, a group intending to save the vessel, notified the state last Wednesday that the company that had signed on to move the ship couldn’t do it until June, months after the state’s deadline.

The same yacht carrier had agreed to do the job previously, but those plans fell through last month. McEwan said two more companies had also been contacted to see if they could transport the ship any sooner.

Citing safety concerns, the state has wanted the vessel out of the harbor since 2014.

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