The Falls of Clyde has called Honolulu Harbor home for 53 years.
She is 135 years old and looks every day of it.
She is named for a Scottish waterfall and even declared a national maritime treasure.
But that hasn’t stopped the sun, the sea, the termites and bees from ravaging her veneer and structure.
The Friends of the Falls of Clyde hope to get her to dry dock in July.
It is working with naval architects and engineers on a plan to stabilize her iron hull and so she can once again bask in glory.
"Our intent is to bring it back here and continue the preservation and restoration work and eventually get her back to museum quality," said Bruce McEwan.
The group’s board has set its sights high --launching a $3 million campaign toward that effort.
There is no hiding that parts of her are in sorry shape.
But McEwan still sees what's possible as he showed off the captain's salon.
"You could see this would be quite elegant spruced up. The paneling on the walls is still intact," McEwan said.
The concern has been and still is what if something happens while the ship is being towed in the middle of Honolulu Harbor.
It could be disastrous if it sank and became a maritime hazard for a vital lifeline of the islands.
The U.S. Coast Guard wants a tow plan.
The move would have to be in daylight hours and not interfere with other vessel activity in and out of the harbor.
The group is working to make it all happen.
The iron hulled four-masted tanker is all that’s left of an era of sailing vessels in our maritime state.
McEwan is appealing to everyone and anyone who has ever been onboard for a field trip or party.
"We have heard birthdays we have heard weddings. We want to reach out th e community and provide this unique venue for all those activities," McEwan said.
It was one of Matson’s first ships.
The likes of company president Robert Pfieffer, harbor pilot Dave Lyman and journalist Bob Krauss all played a hand in her history.
McEwan hopes their efforts will not be in vain.
"The memory of those folks still rests with the mana of the Falls of Clyde. She is a strong ship we just ask that everybody give whatever you can," said McEwan.