We’ll start this circle of dots with Matson and its lovely containers — bringing us food, building materials, and Christmas trees!
Matson, bless its heart, recently lowered shipping rates before it was required to do so. I’m sorry, I have to give them brownie points for that; I thought that was pretty fantastic news!
The USS Missouri (affectionately known as the “Mighty Mo”) represents a circle all its own. The Arizona marks the spot where the United States was goaded into WWII and the USS Missouri represents, in the mind of many, the end of that horrible war. The Mighty Mo has recently moved into drydock for maintenance and preservation work for the first time in over eleven years. She’ll be back in the water come January, 2010.
As we’re preserving historic artifacts, still my heart aches as my darling boat, the Falls of Clyde, hangs on at Pier 7 while it too waits for a spot at drydock, as well as more funds to help with its restoration.
As the Falls of Clyde clings to existence we connect right back with Matson who built that boat oh so many years ago. Trust me I’ve tried to impress on them that any charitable funding would be preserving part of their own history as well!
These are all news tidbits but where they will go and what will happen next remains to be seen.
For those naysayers out there, I offer this quote from the Friends of the Falls of Clyde’s website:
Some members of the board of FoFOC [Friends of the Falls of Clyde] were fortunate enough to meet with Mori Flapan and his wife, who were in Hawaii on holiday. Mori has been a big supporter of the efforts of FoFOC even from afar. He has had a long career in the Australian maritime industry and has been intimately involved in historic ship preservation. He provided some recommendations for making our efforts successful. His work with the ship James Craig spanned a period of 20 years, but was very successful. He told us that we are well ahead of many restoration projects because Falls of Clyde is in much better shape than other ships that have been fully restored. We are greatly bolstered by this knowledge.
I’m gonna go with being “bolstered” by that too!
With the Falls we bring this blog post full circle back to Matson. The Falls is the only remaining member of a Matson fleet of ships from more than a century ago!