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.KOONYA 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.
The M.V.KOONYA was the final one of the order to be built and launched.
KOONYA and KUMALLA were sisters except for a different hatch arrangement.
The M.V.KOONYA was the second ship in the USSCo of New Zealand to carry this name, and she was to continue on trade with the company for 13 years, primarily doing the cross Tasman run from the port of Strahan with minerals mined from this very out of the way place on the western coast of Tasmania before being sold on to Singapore shipping interests where she was employed for a further 14 years.
The lonely but magical port of Strahan, Western Tasmania, now a tourist hot spot with boat trips booked out to see this wild and almost forgotten part of the world.
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.