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.