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.KUMALLA was another order from the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand, she was part of a 3 ship order from the company to be built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.
Specially designed for the carriage of pyritic ores from the port of Strahan, on the west coast of Tasmania, to Melbourne.
She was a sister to the M.V. KONINI built at the same time. She was a sturdy little cargo ship with 2 holds one of 100ft and one of 40 ft in length, complete with steel McGregor type hatches.
She was part of the USSCo Ltd fleet until being sold to to Hethking Steamships Pty. Ltd., Sydney, renamed Cobargo and sailed under the Australian flag.
Between 1978 and 1985 she was sold on another 4 times to different shipping interests and was to visit New Zealand many times under flags of convienience to load bags of cement before being scrapped in 1986.
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.