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 Ocean going salvage tug SATURNO, spent all of her working life out in the waters of Brazil. She had a life span of around 82 years before being broken up in Santos Brazil, a real testament to quality shipbuilding by the men of the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb Ltd.
She was in fact the first in line of many such mighty Ocean Going tugs built at the yard, while built as a Harbour tug she had no problems with dealing all kinds of weather in the South Atlantic waters around the coast of South America.
She was built for the same owners who ordered another two Lighters to be built at the shipyard and as she was named after the Planet in the native language of Brazil (Portuguese) Saturn which has two satellite moons called Iapetus and Encelades both launched from the yard on the same day in 1928 and both of 200 tons grt.
Thes two lighters both at over 95 foot long were in fact the first vessels to be built in the yard that used to be the Ramage & Ferguson Shipyard and was now part of the Henry Robb Shipyard, they were both launched from seperate berths within 10 minutes of each other.
SATURNO was to take both lighters in tow to the companies station at Dakar, Senegal which she accomplished with no problem before heading off back to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands to pick up 3 crane barges which had been re-assembled there after first being put together at Leith, yet another early modular build built then taken back down again to be built in another country altogether, she then set off over the South Atlantic to her home port of Santos in Brazil a total maiden journey of 9,463 miles, she was some vessel.
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.