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.
Yet another in the long line of tugs built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, she was an order from the British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd, a subsidiary company of the huge P&O group.
ARUSHA was ordered for work on the east African coast where she was used to tow barges and lighters up the rivers, where the larger cargo ships where unable to navigate, and along with general tug towing work she was to work on this coast for 5 years before being sold to the Falmouth towing company (another part of the P&O group) and she was renamed St Mawes.
She was to work in U.K.waters for the next 28 years.
To be continued.
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.