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AGUARAY - Yard No 112 - Motor Lighter - Argentine Navigation Co Ltd - Built 1928


AGUARAY Ship No 112

MV AGUARAY Ship No 112 seen in this old picture above from the website  and shown here by kind permission.


Owners    Argentine Navigation Co Ltd
Registered    Argentina Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Twin Screw Motor Light Draught Cargo Ship Launched    12/09/1928
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    160' 0" Weather    
Beam    34' 0" Time to Water    
Draught    8' 6"      
G.R.T.    468 tons      
DWT    200 tons      
Engines   4T SA, 8 cylinders, J. & CG Bolinders,
Eskelmersdale, Sweden.
Props    2      
Speed    9.5 Knots      
Other known names        
Current Status   She was unknown after 1986    
As info on MV AGUARAY 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 MV AGUARAY was a twin screw motor vessel ordered by the Argentine Navigation Co and she was launched in 1928. This fine old ship spent almost 60 years in service all the time spent in South America and she was only de-listed in 1986.  

She was built for service on the upper reaches of the River Plate and it's tributaries, with her light draught she was another of the "special" ships designed and launched from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb Ltd.

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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