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.MACAULAY was launched from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb in 1958.
M.V.MACAULAY in the photo above at the quayside (photo credit unknown for now)
The last of the large order for the Chine Line ships, large in the fact that those ships were among the biggest ships built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, remember they went for quality as apposed to quantity and the fact that the yard just was not big enough at the time, it was not until it was to late that they got around to planning to increase the length of the stocks to allow them to quote for larger ships, but that's another story.
The M.V.MACAULAY was a sister of the M.V.THACKERAY same spec and size built for the purpose of moving bulk cargo, she was launched in 1958 a busy time for the yard and she was to serve with the some what mysterious Chine Line group for a number of years before being sold on and re-named as JEVINGTON in between this time she was lengthened to an overall length of 126.2 metres up from 111.6 metres, and her gross tonnage increased to 5,330 with a dead weight of 7,640 she was sold on again and re-named.
She was scrapped in 1984.
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.