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 classic lines of the Coaster's such as the "OCEAN COAST" were a frequent sight around the coasts of the British Isle's and further afield from the 1930's right up to the 1960's.
In the days before container ships were thought of every port in the country relied on the "Coaster's" as much as we rely on trucks today to move the goods around that keep a country functioning.
The Motor Vessel OCEAN COAST was the third of such ships built, designed and launched from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb Shipbuilders.
She was typical for the time with her two holds for cargo with three hatches, hence the slightly forward of mid-ships bridge arrangement and her funnel aft.
Owned and managed by the famous Coast Lines Company who at one time were one of the largest ship owner operators in the British Isles.
M.V. "Ocean Coast" This ship, which at the outbreak of war was probably the best equipped and fastest vessel in the British coastal service, after a long period of service in home waters made several voyages to Gibraltar, and like her sisters, served the West African coast before returning to take part in the invasion of Normandy. On occasions she received attention from the enemy, but fortunately escaped damage.
The OCEAN COAST made two cased petrol trips to the coast ports of France, she also participated in the invasion of North Africa in 1942, aiding in the landing operations on the Algerian coast.
Then again in 1944 she was on duty landing petrol to the invasion forces on the Normandy beaches on D-Day, all in all a very eventful war for this little coaster.
The M.V.OCEAN COAST served the U.S. Army beaches of "Omaha Beach" and "Utah beach" with deliveries of cased petrol.
And she was to continue serving the supply of cased petrol for a long time after D-Day as the demand for petrol on the Continent was insatiable.
OCEAN COAST then continued on with her peace time duties around the coasts of the British Isles again.
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.