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 third tug ordered at the same time but she was slightly different in that she was an order for the Clyde Shipping Company and the fact that her mast did not go up completely to full height as she had no requirement for the same fire fighting equipment as her two near sister ships the DUCHRAY and the BOQUHAN.
Better times at the Leith Shipyards of Robb Caledon in the photo shown above with FLYING CHILDERS
and the mighty SA WOLRAAD WOLTEMADE both fitting out and with another ship being started on the building berth.
(Photo shown here with permission taken in 1976 at the yard when both were fitting out)
She was built at the same time as the other two tugs and it would have to be said that she did not really look complete without the full height of her mast and as it turned out she was not a very lucky ship as her future would tell. She worked on the River Clyde for almost 20 years making her one of the oldest tugs working on the river, well liked and a very familiar sight but what about that paint job on her. (Company colours and all that)
She seems to have worked quite well on the famous old river that is the Clyde on Scotland's West Coast up until 1995 when she ran into rocks and was grounded in the Kyle of Lochalsh in 1995
She was laid up in Greenock for a few years after this unfortunate mishap and she just lay at her berth wasting away before finally being sold for scrap around 2001/2002 when she was lifted from the water and transported to Padstow in Wales for scrapping in 2002.
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.