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RUKAMAVATI - Yard No 35 - Dredger - Maharao of Kutch - Built 1925

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Owners   Maharao of Kutch
Registered   Kutch  Keel Laid    
Type of Ship   Steel screw Steam Grab and Suction Hopper Dredger Launched    15/12/1925
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    139' 6" Weather    
Beam    29' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Moulded     12' 9"      
Draught    11' 0"      
G.R.T.    412      
DWT    500      
Props    1      
Speed    8.5 knots      
Other known names        
Current Status        
As details on RUKAMAVATI become available we shall update here. 
Ships History

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 dredge RUKAMAVITI was an early ship designed and built by the yard based on a previous build, the yard would go on to build many of these "Special Ships" and this one was for work in the North West Coast of India, her grab could handle an output of 200 tons an hour and her suction pump could ship 300 tons of mud per hour.

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.

Tales from the Ship

Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.

Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.

So if you know any of the men or women who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch and we shall add the story here. 

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