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TRENTINO - Yard No 407 - Diesel Cargo & Passenger Vessel - Ellerman Wilson Line - Built 1952



 The single screw diesel cargo ship

 M.V.TRENTINO was built in the Leith

Shipyards of Henry Robb as Ship No 407

 The MV TRENTINO Ship No 407  
Owners    Ellerman Wilson Line
Registered    Hull Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Diesel Cargo Launched    09/04/1952
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    290' 0" Weather    
Beam    48' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     28' 3"      
G.R.T.    2,340      
Props    1      
Other known names   1970-Maldive Ensign    
Current Status        
As info becomes available it will be updated here. 

The classic looking Ellerman Wilson Line Vessel TRENTINO Ship No 407


Ships History

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 classic looking TRENTINO was sister ship to CAVALLO, and added to the Ellerman Wilson Line fleet, at a time of great growth and indeed hope for a new world.

These ships were built to a very high standard, and the finishing inside for the passengers would not have looked out of place in a high class hotel.


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.



The TRENTINO in busy times at the quayside.

Tales from the Ship

Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.
Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.

So if you know any of the men or women who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch and we shall add the story here. 


 (Note- kinds thanks to for the use of some of the photographs on this site)


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