Deal falls through to send ship from Hawaii to Scotland

HONOLULU (AP) — A deal has fallen through to send a late 19th century ship from Honolulu to Scotland.

Scotland-based Save Falls of Clyde International canceled the ship scheduled to pick up the historic vessel on Feb. 3, citing logistical problems, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday.

The group might have been a “bit optimistic” about the time it would take to secure commercial sponsors for the project, said David O’Neill, the group’s director.

“We are still very much 100 percent committed to saving this ship as she has a role to play that will benefit citizens of Hawaii, the environment and help create new opportunities across the Pacific region,” O’Neill said.

Falls of Clyde is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in Port Glasgow, Scotland, in 1878. The ship is believed to be the last surviving vessel of its kind.

The state Harbors Division has given the ship’s owner until Feb. 6 to move the vessel from Pier 7 at Honolulu Harbor. The state plans to start auction proceedings if the deadline is not met, said Bruce McEwan, president of the Honolulu friends group.