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A history of the Ships built at the Henry Robb Shipyard in Leith, Scotland. Also a testimony to the men who built the Ships and to all who sailed in them.
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MV KANNA - Yard No 353 - Diesel Cargo Vessel - Union Steamship Co N.Zealand - Built 1945



 The M.V. KANNA (photo from Gary)

A classic wartime design known as a "China Coaster"

Owners    Union Steamship Company of New Zealand
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Diesel Cargo Launched    23/10/1945
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    210' 0" Weather    
Beam    36' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     21' 8"      
G.R.T.    925 tons      
Props    1      
Other known names   1967 to 79 Luna Marina, 1981 Seng Giap    
Current Status        
Content on will be added as and when available. 



(photo from Oceania shipping forum) 

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 M.V.KANNA was originaly an order from the Admirality for a supply ship for the South East Asia theatre of operations but with the end of the war in the Pacific she was taken over by the Union Steamship Co of New Zealand, she was from a wartime design known as "B" type China Coasters, and she was to work the coast of New Zealand for many years, primarily used on the east coast from Wellington down to Dunedin. 

She was sold to Panama in 1967 and went through a few name changes before grounding in heavy weather in Borneo in 1984, she was badly damaged and went for scrap that year, an end to another fine ship built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.

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.



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.

Should you know of anyone who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch so that we can add the story here.

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