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.
The twin screw Motor Vessel KAITOA was another in the long line of ships built at the Leith Shipyards for the Union Steamship Co of New Zealand.
She was used on the Tran Tasman run and also worked down the coasts of New Zealand, she was also a one off design, and was to serve the U.S.S.Co for only 15 years before being sold on to other interested owners.
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.