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A history of the Ships built at the Henry Robb Shipyard in Leith, Scotland. Also a testimony to the men who built the Ships and to all who sailed in them.
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Yes even the mighty United States Navy was impressed enough to commission two of the Henry Robb built ships from the Leith Shipyards into the Pacific Fleet


The motor vessel CUBAHAMA re-named U.S.S. KAULA while in service with the U.S.Navy.

(Photograph courtesy of NavSource U.S.Navy History)




(Photo courtesy of NavSource U.S.Navy History)


The second ship from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb to be commissioned into the U.S.Navy was the M/V KOPARA Ship No 268

She was commissioned into the U.S.Navy on 20th September 1942 and served with distinction thoughout the Pacific campaign as the USS KOPARA (AG 50)

Kopara received one battle star for World War II service. Her crew was eligible for the following medals:

American Campaign Medal

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1 star)

World War II Victory Medal 



World War II U.S. Navy Vessels in Private Hands

World War II U.S. Navy Vessels in Private Hands

During World War II, the U.S. Navy swiftly expanded to include an array of vessels, from smaller yachts and fishing boats bought early in the war for patrol work to fast, modern commercial ships built to haul troops and supplies. After the Allied victory, this diverse fleet became unnecessary and the Navy sold many of its vessels. This comprehensive catalog documents the Navy ships and boats sold after the war and registered under the American flag for commercial or recreational purposes. Focusing on those vessels with names or clearly identifiable hull numbers and crew accommodations, it chronicles each craft's prewar ownership, wartime history, and postwar fate. The product of painstaking detective work in a wide range of primary sources, this meticulous directory highlights an unexplored but illuminating aspect of U.S. maritime history.

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