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.
This fine old ship (although new at the time of course) was an order from the Union S.S.Co of New Zealand Ltd, Wellington.
She was one of a class that had been designed during the war, known as an AC class collier.
Built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, Scotland. The first of six specialist motor ships for the coastal trades; very strongly built to cope with the bar conditions at Westport and Greymouth.
She was used all around the coasts of New Zealand and was in service with the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand for almost 20 years before being sold on, with the advent of the container ship.
This type of traditional cargo vessel was a very well known and liked ship the kind that were the staple of moving goods around any country in the days before motorways and container ships.
A time now long gone and who is to say that we do things better in the fast paced days we live in now.
Strongly built with transverse framing, and her accomodation and bridge amid-ships, with three cago holds and derricks to lift the cargo, she was a nice little ship.
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.