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.