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.MALATIAN was another order from the Ellerman Wilson group of companies; she was to be managed by the Papayanni Line.
MALATIAN was the first of two sister ships ordered the other being the M.V.CATANIAN they were fore runners to the future "S" type ships to be built for the Ellerman Group at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.
At a busy time for the shipyards order books were full, and this type of cargo ship would eventually become the norm for vessels of this type.
Nice little ships that were built for the run from the U.K. to Portugal and the Mediterranean.
The M.V.MALATIAN was to serve with the fleet up until being sold in 1971 to the Maldives shipping Co, Ltd where she was re-named Maldive Victory, in February 1981 while inbound from Singapore to Male, she struck a reef while entering the harbour and she sunk there in shallow water.
After investigation she was declared a total constructive loss (in other words she would cost too much to repair) she was scrapped.
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.