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.
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.
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.
THE MILLER was a typical small Motor Coaster of her day, the kind of ship that was used at the time to transport the majority of all the goods required by a country in the days before containers and heavy road freight.
This vessel built for E. Marriage & Son, Limited was pressed into service early in the war and took part in many of the stirring events of the South East Coast of England.
She became a tender to the Thames balloon barrage, and later to the balloon barrage in Harwich Harbour. When this work was concluded, she served the Churchill forts erected on the sandbanks off the east coast, her hold accommodation having been fitted with large water tanks and other supply facilities for the men stationed on the forts.
This grand old historical vessel is believed to be one of the few preserved ships of her time and we hope to find out if she is still around as the last photo/news we have is from 2007
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.