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 single screw steam Grab Hopper Dredger FAIRPORT was the first of many dredgers which would be built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, the yard was to build and specialise in this type of "one Off" vessel which every port and river authority required to keep the harbours and river's free from the build up of silt which would make the harbour and entrance dangerous for visiting ships.
She was in fact built in dry dock from assemled units which had been made up in the platers shed as the yard had no access to slipways yet, but built there first orders in dry dock.
This small but capable dredger had an output of 60 tons per hour meaning that she was capable of shifting 60 tons of sea bed or harbour/river mud every hour.
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.
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.