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.
Ship No 518 was the second tug in a welcome order from the Grangemouth and Forth towing Company, sister ship to the DUCHRAY and built at the same time.
These tugs built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb were also well equipted with fire fighting equipment as they were to shepherd the large crude iol tankers up the Firth of Forth to be berthed at the Hound Point iol terminal just of the coast of South Queensferry and within sight of the World famous Forth Rail bridge.
The tugs had a very distinctive tall mast which held the fire cannon that were to be used in case of emergency and the two distinctive tugs were a well known sight in the Forth for a number of years.
Story to continue.
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.