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.
Garrison Point was in fact the largest commercial ship built at the Leith Shipyards of Robb Caledon Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. The only ship built there that exceeded her in length and weight was the RFA ENGADINE
The bulk cargo carrier GARRISON POINT was one of the largest ships built and launched at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb. At just over 8,000 gross tonnes and with a length in excess of 120 metres (370 feet) there was a lot of steel work in her and I remember that she had more bloody "Beam Knees" than any ship I ever worked on and of course one of the jobs in the Loft given to apprentices or young journeymen was to lift all the beam knees from the full size lines and create paper templates for them all, and she had hundreds of them, she was launched from the yard in 1977.
She was a very welcome order from The Thornhope Shipping Co Ltd and was to be managed by The Hudson Steamship Company Ltd.
The GARRISON POINT was chartered out to the Central Electricity Generating Board and used to supply power stations with coal a real tale of bringing coals from Newcastle where she used to load on the Tyne for deliveries in the south of England.
She was re-named in 1988 to run under the Bahamas Flag, before being sold on to Stephenson Clarke in 1989 and re-named again to Jevington still under the flag of the Bahamas. Not be be confused with another ship built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb that was re-named Jevington as well this was Ship No 468 and was the MaCaulay.
She was to end up being scrapped in Spain in April 2000. So she had a relatively short sea career of only 23 years.
The year that this ship was handed over to her new owners was the year that all the shipyards (commercial) in the British Isles were taken over by the Government of the times and formed all under the quango that was to turn out to be British Shipbuilders.
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.