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 motor vessel SANDPIPER was an order from the General steam Navigation Company Ltd, for a modern single screw diesel cargo coaster.
The M.V.SANDPIPER was one of the largest coasters ordered by GSN Co, Ltd, and she was another fine looking vessel built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.
She worked for GSN Co, Ltd until she was sold in 1966 as part of the modernisation of this company and along with the advent of container ships the small coasters were just not economical anymore.
She was sold on in 1966 to sold to French Government (administration des Iles St. Pierre
et Miquelon, Canada) renamed ILE DE SAINT PIERRE named after France's oldest remaining overseas colony and only miles from the Canadian mainland a real little bit of little known history is this island.
Then in 1981 she was sold to Greek shipping interests and renamed Alinda.
She was then sold on again to a Panamanian owner and renamed Katia K.
She then ended up with owners from the Middle East when sold to a UAE owner and renamed Voyager II
She was used by her new owners for around 5 years before arriving at Gadani Beach (The shipyards graveyard) for breaking up in April 1989.
She met her enevitable end after a useful working life of around 32 years.
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.