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 twin screw motor tug HEWITT was yet another in the long line of tugs built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, at a time when there was full order books in the yard the men were to build a few tugs in this time with the HEWITT just being the first of them, she was ordered by the Ribble Navigation & Preston Dock Company at a time when the inland docks of Preston on the north west coast of England where very busy docks.
She was a traditional type design for harbour work, and we are still waiting on some photographs of her.
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.