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A history of the Ships built at the Henry Robb Shipyard in Leith, Scotland. Also a testimony to the men who built the Ships and to all who sailed in them.
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BUSI - Yard No 76 - Tug - Beira Boating Co - Built

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BUSI Ship No 76
Owners   Beira Boating Co
Registered    London Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Tug Launched    
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    75' 6" Weather    
Beam    18' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Moulded      9' 0"      
G.R.T.    80      
Props    1      
Speed    9.5 knots      
Other known names        
Current Status        
As info on the Tug BUSI becomes available it will be updated 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 small harbour tug BUSI was an order from the very well known company of Beira Boating Company.

Another one of many such tugs to be built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, this tug was built and launched just after the firm had taken over another famous shipbuilders who had specialised in the building of many, many tugs going back to 1980

The company of Cran & Somerville was taken over by the Henry Robb shipyard in 1926.

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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