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.
Although the second world war was raging all around there was still the requirment now more and more for ships of all types to still be built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.
The KINGFISHER was in fact one of a two ship order for the GSN Co, Ltd which had been cancelled at the outbreak of war to make way for the construction of warships. Sister ship to the later launched M.V.STORK.
The M.V. Kingfisher was the fourth ship of the company to have this name and she was eventually sold in 1961 to Puddister & Bennett of St Johns, Newfoundland and re-named Dunure.
Another of the small coasters built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb to make her way across the North Atlantic to continue on with her trade, she was scuttled of St Johns Newfoundland in 1983.
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.