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 motor vessel PALMELIAN was the last of the large order secured by the yards from the Ellerman Wilson Line, she was a sister ship to DARINIAN with the previous four ships all being steam ships.
She was used often on the London to Lisbon and Oporto run, shipping wine back to the U.K.
She was a real classic looking ship with beautiful lines, and a good sea keeper too, as the photograph below shows as she enters the Douro bar in Portugal with a bit of a sea running.
(The photo is courtesy of Rui Amaro)
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.