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.TENNYSON was one of the larger ships built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, part of a 3 ship order for Chine Lines.
The TENNYSON was the smaller of the three ship order which would keep the yard going at full employment for some time.
The M.V.TENNYSON was a typical design at a time when ships were beginning to be designed to maximise space and therefore cargo capacity in the hope for larger profits for the ship managers and owners.
She had 2 holds one at 108 feet and one at 106 feet long, with 4 hatch covers by MacGregor.
With her structure aft she had a some what bland look above the water, but with her bridge and engine room aft she had a far shorter shaft length and more space for the cargo. This type of ship design provided lot's of work (and overtime) for the "Black Squad" but created a bit less work for the Outfitters.
She was employed by Chine Lines for 11 years with most of her journeys being out of Middlebourgh to Africa, She then sailed out of the Port of Immingham predominantly for the Coastal ports of Europe, after she had been sold to Stephenson Clarke Shipping Ltd, London, and renamed ASHINGTON.
She was sold on a couple of more times after being called ASHINGTON but the enevitable for a steel constructed ship can not be avoided and she was another Robb ship to end up at the ship graveyard of Gadani Beach in Pakistan in 1984
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.