Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, who would look to have that ship at sea, as long as possible to
pay for her build costs and of course to make the company good profits.
During the time of what was called the "Great Depression" work was very difficult to find and it would seem that the Admiralty stepped in whith some much needed work to at least keep some of the shipyards workers going, HMS BISHOPSGATE was one of 3 orders from them one for a Gate Lifting vessel, the other two were classed as Net Layers, while they were classed as Dumb having no engine on her she did have a single boiler supplying steam to a 10 ton winch fore and aft.
The hawse pipes you can see were for a 4 point mooring when they were in position in the boom. The winches were for opening and closing the gate.
She was built for operation in the Dockyard at Rosyth and she spent all here working days there before going for scrap in 1958
The information and photograph are from the shipsnostalgia website.
To this end one company may have had no requirement for a particular ship after a time and would then sell her on just like any other disposable commodity.
These three orders helped to keep the shipyard going at a time when most shipyards in Scotland had closed with the ongoing work such as work on the great Liner Queen Mary in mothballs at John Browns shipyard on the Clyde, they were in fact the first Admirality orders in Leith for many a year and as it turned out just the first of many in the years to come.
Hence a ship may have had a few owners and would go through many changes and names during what was
hoped for a long and successful working life.
We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.