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 MSC PUMA was another of the new breed of tug on the canal, the twin screw tugs where a bit more powerful than the previous ships built for the company in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.
All part of the Manchester Ship Canal Company expanding and renewing the fleet of tugs at there disposal for the ever growing trade needing to bring there goods right into the heart of Manchester a City with around a million inhabitants 28 miles from the sea.
She was sold on to Greek shipping interests in March of 1977 and as with so many ships sold to this country the records of what became of them are difficult to find if any. The records of ships kept in this country are of course now problem to find, and much thanks must go to the Manchester Ship Canal Co, Ltd for there help with records of the many tugs built in Leith for the Company.
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.