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.CATANIAN was another order from the Ellerman Wilson group of companies; she was to be managed by the Papayanni Line.
CATANIAN was the second of two sister ships ordered the other being the M.V.MALATIAN 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.CATANIAN was to serve with the fleet up until being sold in 1972 to the , Pacific Ocean Lines, Ltd., Male; and re-named OCEAN GLORY she was sold on a few times more but retained the same name of OCEAN GLORY until finally in 1987 she was to end up at the ship graveyard of Gadani Beach where she was broken up.
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.