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 next order was a very welcome order for two more tugs very similar to some previous tugs built at the Leith Shipyards of Robb Caledon (Henry Robb)
The order was from the Nigerian Port Authority and the two harbour tugs were near sister ships of the unfortunate FLYING CHILDERS built a couple of years prior for Clyde Shipping.
The two tugs had the same spec with the stunted tri-mast not going the full fire fighting height as could be seen on the two tugs built for work in the River Forth, DUCHRAY and BOQUHAN.
Nice sized harbour tugs and very versatile they could work and last for many years.
The BURUTU was the first to be built and launched in the first months of the new decade which would become the 1980's and if you wonder what it was like in Scotland around this time then I would suggest a read at one of Irvine Welch's books will give you a decent insight into life in parts of Edinburgh during this decade.
The BURUTU was delivered to Nigeria and as ever with ships that end up there not much is known about what become of her after 1997 as her owners are registered as unknown and she was last heard of in 2009 ALTHOUGH AS YOU WILL SEE FROM THE PICTURE BELOW SHE SEEMED TO HAVE JUST BEEN RUN ONTO A BEACH ON SOME RIVER IN Nigeria and just left to rot there, what a sad end for a ship, and of course unknown then she was in fact the last of a fine pedigree of tugs built at the Leith Shipyards of Robb Caledon (Henry Robb) it turned out that a tug was built and launched for every year of the shipyards working lifetime.
A grand total of 66 tugs were built to the highest standards at the shipyard, from small ones to the world's largest and most powerful at the time, and all through the dark days of World War II tugs were produced.
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.