The Falls of Clyde was built in 1878 (in Port Glasgow) and was one of eight sister ships named after the waterfalls of Scotland. She is now the sole survivor and is currently afloat in Honolulu, Hawaii. However, she is more than just a piece of Scottish shipbuilding history and heritage, she is a testament to the power of Scottish shipbuilding as, after over 140 years, she is still steady and still floating.
Harbours had put her up for auction but, ultimately, no one bid on her and they are now trying to dispose of her by deliberately scuttling her. We need your help to raise enough money to save her and stop her being sunk.
We are racing against time to raise the money needed to stop them from going ahead with their plans. Once we have secured her in Hawaii, we want to bring her back to Scotland to be rebuilt and we have big plans for her:
Helping the poorest of our communities
We want to help the most underprivileged kids from our communities and take them on the trip of a lifetime. For 9 months of the year, we will be teaching them onboard with our 'education at sea' program (via fully qualified teaching staff and crew) and help them grow, mature and give them hope for a brighter future as they experience new cultures and see the world.
We plan to carry Fairtrade cargo such as rum, whiskey, chocolate and coffee (to name but a few) and help communities all over the world, ensuring farmers and workers are paid a living wage and that their children are able to go to school. We also want to teach the kids onboard about these communities, getting them involved with all the steps and processes and helping them strengthen relationships and make lifelong friends.
Ocean waste and plastic collection, cleanup and recycling
Plastic in our oceans is a huge problem and we plan to put the Falls to good use by fitting with the latest technology available and cleaning up the ocean as she sails. We will clean-up, recycle and collect the plastics from our oceans and have several promising plans in place to make this happen.
Carbon Free/neutral technology
We plan to fit her with the latest 'green' technology (including renewable energy such as solar, electric, hydrogen engines and - of course - wind power) to ensure that she remains carbon free/neutral and she will make a huge impact in reducing carbon emissions at sea. Becoming a role model for the rest of the world and trailblazing the latest green technology - the world will be following in her wake!
We want everyone to get a chance to sail on this beautiful ship and, during certain times of the year, we will have space on board for sailing adventures. Letting the public experience life on the big blue ocean and helping them reach their full potential, reaching heights they never thought possible.
All of the duties listed above will ensure that the ship will be self-sustaining whilst making a massive impact and putting Scotland firmly on the map in terms of technology, social and community causes and ensuring that we give the future generations hope for the future.
You won't be just saving her, you will be giving future generations a chance to discover themselves and give them a chance to make an impact and change the world.