Connecting the Nautical Dots

We’ll start this circle of dots with Matson and its lovely containers — bringing us food, building materials, and Christmas trees!

Matson ship bringing containers into Honolulu.

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.

Anchor displayed next to the Falls of Clyde

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!

Falls of Clyde tie

These are all news tidbits but where they will go and what will happen next remains to be seen.

You can go here for more detail about Honolulu’s maritime darling.

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!

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sheila // Oct 24, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Very neat connection!

  • 2 Evelyn // Oct 25, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Hey Sheila! How are you? I’m running behind as usual. Thanks for stopping by for a visit! 🙂

  • 3 Keahi Pelayo // Oct 26, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Funny how everything is related.

  • 4 Pua // Oct 29, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Thanks for connecting the dots, Evelyn.

    Talking about Matson. When we and our Hawaii visitors are wondering about high costs of living in Hawaii, it’s good to be reminded that everything has to be shipped, either by slow boat or by plane, and we all know what that means.

  • 5 Evelyn // Oct 29, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    We are very aware of our higher cost of living but you’re right, Pua, our visitors will often forget that our stuff takes longer to get to us than it does in most other places because it takes more to get it here. That equates to higher costs.

    Of course knowing all of this stuff doesn’t make it better for us — but it does help to think it through and balance it with all of the good things that we have. 🙂

  • 6 Tony in hawaii // Nov 9, 2009 at 9:55 am

    My friend Dave Owens works on the Missouri and gave us a great tour of it. The bunks are tiny, like sleeping in a shoe box. Looking forward to seeing it when it’s renovated!

  • 7 Evelyn // Nov 28, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I have yet to see it or the Arizona. Tsk, tsk, tsk! We take so much for granted.

    I wonder what the sleeping quarters on a sub look like! Maybe we can get on one at Pearl Harbor and find out! 🙂

    Thanks, Tony, for sharing your experience on the Missouri.

  • 8 Hawaii Fi // Dec 1, 2009 at 10:48 am

    I think it’s great that Matson lowered their shipping rates! The cost of living in Hawaii is very high and a lot of it has to do with shipping. Hopefully now prices of goods will come down…LOL, I know, I’m dreaming.

  • 9 Evelyn // Dec 1, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Yes, Hawaii Fi, I thought the same way! Of course now they’ve risen it again. Sigh — we can’t win.

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