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Leith Shipyards

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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MV LOCHSHIEL - Yard No 143 - Motor Cargo Vessel - MacBraynes (1928) Ltd - Built 1929

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The first ship to be built by the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb for the company that was to become Cal-Mac.


Owners    MacBraynes (1928) Ltd
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Motor Cargo Launched    08/08/1929
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    105' 0" Weather    
Beam    26' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Moulded      9' 6"      
G.R.T.    208      
Other known names        
Current Status        
Content on will be added as and when available. 
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.

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.

Should you know of anyone who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch so that we can add the story here.

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