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 Motor Tug GENERAL IV was another of the fine tugs working on the River Thames for many years, she was ordered by the General Lighterage Co just one of the many towing Companies operating on what was perhaps the busiest waterway in its day in the whole of the British Isles.
She was requisitioned by the Admiralty for work on the West African Coast during World War II before being returned to her owners to ply her trade on the River Thames, before being sold on a few times and to end up sinking in Bowling Harbour near Glasgow after a failed attempt at restoration, all that was left of her was her hull after being re-floated in 2004.
A sad end for a once very familiar sight on the River Thames in better days.
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.