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 tug JOHN HERBERT was another in the line of tugs built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, she was built for the grand sum of 69,295 GBP at the time and was named after Alderman John Herbert who was on the Preston town Council. One of a double ship order from the Preston Dock Commission.
She was to work in the harbour and docks at Preston dealing with all the ships in what was a very busy port at one time, she worked a lot in tandem with her sister ship Frank Jamieson and was powered by twin 5-cylinder Crossley diesels producing 720bhp.
She was sold on by Preston Dock Commission to some shady shipping interests in Liechtenstein for the sum of 36,000 GBP and She was to eventually end up working in the middle east after being sold in 1976 and renamed "Sinbad Glory" and was last seen in Basrah around 2006 so who knows what has happened to her since.
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.