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 passenger/cargo ship MTWARA was the second ship in an order from the British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd, to be built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.
She carried 26 first class passengers, 40 2nd class passengers and wait for it 350 deck passengers. She had a refrigerated capacity of 2,000 sq ft.
She worked up and down the coast of east Africa for the british India Steam Navigation Co, Ltd. BI Lines as it was known was in fact a subsidairy company of P & O who had taken over the company in the 1920s, and the famous company continued with its original name operating as a seperate company.
She operated on the coast from Karachi/Mechran coast, and the lower Persian Gulf coasts. She was named after the town of East African town of Mtwara. A larger ship than her sister MOMBASA she cost Â£449,500 to build and she was only in service with BI for around two years before being sold to shipping interests in Siagon where she was intended for service in French indo-China, but she was sold on again to Chile in 1956, renamed NAVARINO where she traded south along the Chilean coast from Valparaiso, she was re-engined in 1965 with 2 x 9 cylinder 4 SCSA MAN diesels, giving her a bit more power at 4065 bhp.
MTWARA was then sold to the Chilean Navy for use as a training ship in 1982 and her history is unclear as she was reported as still being in service in 1992.
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.