26 Nov 2018
By David O’Neill, Project Coordinator, Falls of Clyde-International (Non-Profit Community Focused Business)
I wish to share a story of Clyde Shipbuilding Heritage and how that heritage is to be turned into a commercial and manufacturing boost to some traditional industries. Furthermore, I want to tell you how we will use this knowledge, history and heritage to rebuild a 140 year old tall ship (the Falls of Clyde) as a force of excellence; showcasing Scotland’s engineering innovation and skills right here on the Clyde.
I want to tell how a ‘Clyde Built’ ship from 140 years ago can be durable enough to survive this long! However, she will be updated and rebuilt as a 21st Century, high tech, Carbon Free powered vessel. She will offer education at sea, offer sail adventure holidays, , carry Fairtrade cargo, operate sail cadet training and contain an on-board a recycling system for the disposal of ocean plastic’s. Furthermore, we will create jobs, offer apprenticeships and skill training as well as attracting up to 250k visitors. She will be powered by hydrogen engines, solar power, Battery Banks and wind turbines - Clyde built will once again mean Clyde Built.
These operations will not only finance the operations of the ship herself but will also produce revenues to support communities where we seek to offer places to members of the public. We will also offer the neediest of our communities, the chance to sail across the globe and gain the experience of a lifetime as they make lifelong friends. We plan to provide education at sea for kids that have made a commitment to their communities and we will give them the opportunity to direct their education in the career path that they choose.
This ship is currently in Hawaii (Honolulu) and is scheduled to be collected by a heavy lift vessel on the 3rd February 2019, arriving on the Clyde 28th March 2019. We are working with Scotland and U.K. wide yacht and cruiser owners and groups to call out the largest flotilla escort ever seen (1500 - 2000 vessels) on the river Clyde.
Before she arrives in Scotland though, she will leave Honolulu to a traditional Hawaiian and Scottish farewell! Hula Dancers, traditional Hawaiian choirs and singers will be accompanied by traditional canoes and a traditional Hawaiian farewell blessing. There will also be a Scottish Pipe Band and country dancers as well as lots of great food and drink. Similarly when she arrives in San Diego, Golfito, Panama, Ft Lauderdale and New York we will gather everyone for similar events at these stops before she crosses the Atlantic Ocean for a final Scottish bonanza.
Global Audiences are expected to be in the region of 500-700m per stop! Attracting not only local interest at events in each port but globally on International News from Asia Pacific to Europe. Social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to name a few) as well online tracking will be available for the public to see your brands again and again and we already have a strong social media base.
We are offering members the opportunity to consider having your brand attached to our ship as she makes her journey home. Alternatively there will be the opportunity to have her complete hull in your colours or brand. Our commercial sponsor package is now available and offers are now invited for members to select their prime spot to maximise the coverage expected.
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