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.PATEENA was yet another in the long line of ships built by the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb for one of there most important customers, the Union Steam Ship Co Ltd. She was a sister ship to the M.V.POOLTA (Ship No 465)
The M.V.PATEENA was destined for the Australian branch of the Company and was designed and built for the trans-Tasman route from New South Wales down to Tasmania.
She was a fine looking little ship unpretentious (A working ship) and built very well.
It is by some misfortune that these fine little ships were now very quickly being replaced by the new containerisation revolution which really was to change the world that we live in (at least in the West)
The use on these traditional routes-old and new- was to change to the new Ro-Ro vessels, you know the ones with the long open deck and the box like bridge structure stuck on the aft end.
So it was that within a couple of years of being built this type of ship on this type of run was almost obsolete, such was the pace of change in shipping.
Still the M.V.PATEENA was to serve with the USSCo Ltd for 17 years before being sold on to Maldives Shipping Ltd, in 1976 a company who knew a good ship when they seen one, she was re-named Maldive Republic and was to serve them well for a further 7 years before inevitably ending up at the shipyard graveyard of Gadani Beach.
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.