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.
This Paddle Train Ferry was built to operate in and around the Island of Singapore and they were first built at Leith then taken out to the Far East and re-errected on site, completed and handed over (after steaming trials) there by Henry Robb Ltd.
Double tracks were fitted capable of carrying 12 large wagons with steam winches arranged for the loading and unloading of wagons and also for operation of the gangways.
LUNCHU (J.J.11) was one of a double order for such vessels and both were scuttled in Singapore with the advancing Japanese army just over the causeway from this historic port in 1942
Building first at the shipyards in Leith then marking the ship off so as to make it simple to re-erect on site in some other part of the world was a speciality of the Leith Shipyards.
Complete with side wheel paddles for power she was a splendid sight when in operation.
So much for all the kit boat makers nowadays telling us that this, is a wonderful new way of putting boats together!
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