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 Ellerman Wilson Line was to order many ships from the yard, after the losses of the second world war the company was building up again, as indeed were most of the shipping lines that were left after the war had ended.
The TINTO was a classic looking steamer of her time when ships looked like ships and not square boxes.
The steam ship TINTO was the first in line of many ships built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.
Ordered by the Ellerman Wilson Group of shipping companies, she was similar to some of the Liberty ships built in mass numbers during World War II although a little smaller at around 300 feet long, and of course with a much higher spec and well crafted interior along with the traditional steamer look having the bridge amidships, with hold forward and aft. With most of the surving shipping lines needing to rebuild the Fleet after war loses this was to be a very busy time for shipyards in Britain.
All riveted as it was to be some time before the British shipyards were to be convinced that welded hulls was the way forward for shipbuilding in the future.
She was launched in 1947 and was to serve the Ellerman Wilson Line for 19 years before being sold to a shipping company in Gibraltar in 1966 and re-named. Still awaiting information of what happened to her after this time.
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.