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.
MSC NEPTUNE was the third of another four ship order for Diesel-engine tugs from the Manchester Ship Canal Company Ltd. This order had been put back a little due to the outbreak of World War II. The order was still required, despite the war and the tug was launched from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.
She was launched late 1941.
They were superior it was said at the time to the steam powered tugs previously built for the company. The tug NEPTUNE was scrapped in 1981 after a working life of 40 years service on the canal.
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.