Perhaps this is yet another classic case of someone who loves something so much that they will hold on to it, defend it and not let anyone touch it: while all the time being unaware in their mind how time and deterioration is taking it past a point of no return: That is unfortunately obvious to everyone else. This happens with both vessels in 'private' control and often more so with museum exhibits. So the museum route
is seldom the way to save them.
Vessels like this survive and come down through time to us because they remained useful to a succession of owners. Back in the days of their working life crew with ship maintenance
experience where carried and expected to work long hours during voyages in transit to repair, replace and repaint.
Tall ships (A vague term attributed the Masefields 1905 poem sea fever?) have been used for youth education since 1956 and in some cases prior. The challenge financially is how to carry a large enough company of trainees at a low enough price
to fill the vessel for every voyage. Couple this with the fact that the essential educational training method is to board them as strangers usually with no previous experience and subject them to the disciplines of the traditional watch system for a 10 or 12 day voyage 24/7 at sea.
Hence getting them the learn to sail the ship is challenge enough. They are not there long enough to carry out serious maintenance
tasks beyond some cleaning
. Therefor sail training by its very nature is very hard on vessels like the one under consideration here. Thus deteriorating condition can get away on well intentioned owners/organizations very quickly. unfortunately often past a point of no return where a new build is more economical than a restoration
driven by emotion.
I am not trying to support Mr, Dick. As I have no prior knowledge of him. Possibly he is a habitual dreamer who's version of truth in his mind underestimates the scale of projects, and the resources needed to support them.
This thread could go to far too many pages as did a thread on 'Falls Of the Clyde' in Hawaii
did last year. It tends to become an emotionally charged subject.