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 Grab Hopper Dredger LAKE LOTHING was a specialised vessel used to keep the docks and inland waters around the town and port of Lowestoft on the South West coast of England, clear of the build up of silt and mud.
Ordered by the Docks & Inland Waterways Board, this was later to morph into the British Waterways Board.
She was another one of the type of ship that the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb specialised in.
She was to spend almost 25 years keeping the water levels correct at Lowestoft before being sold on and moved to the Milford dock company.
After another 4 years she was sold on again to a company called R & W Marine Engineering Co where it seems she was for a further year before being sold to a company in Cobh (Ireland)
It would seem from records in the National archives that her travel over to Ireland was not to the satisfaction of the appropriate departments of government as she sailed on an un-certificated voyage to Ireland in contravention of international requirements.
However it looks like she made it and could well still be operating over in the port of Waterford where she was seen in 2008
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.