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.
The MSC MERLIN was in fact launched during the first few months of World War II. One in the long line of tugs built for the Manchester Ship Canal Company, she had a crew of Four and was to be kept very busy during the war years and beyond.
Sold out of the Manchester Ship Canal Company in 1969 she was to go on and have a few more names and was last seen in March 2014 still working in Croatia, some 74 years after her launch at the beginning of World War Two in Leith during the dark days of 1940
The yard built ships to last, thats for sure, dont know of too many ships still around after three quarters of a century and still working as they were intended.
She has undergone a bit of restructuring work topsides but still the same old hull.
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.