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.HEBE was an order from the British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd, one of two ships ordered at the same time.
The HEBE was launched from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb in 1962.
She was to be chartered out to the Admiralty on a 19 year bareboat charter, and as such was painted naval grey and renamed as RFA HEBE (A406).
The HEBE as it turned out was not to be the luckiest ship built in Leith, as she was involved in a couple of incidents that resulted in the lose of life and indeed the last incident was the end of the ship as a sea going vessel.
RFA HEBE started her service as a store ship for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) in 1962 and was used as a fleet stores ship, with her large hold capacity she was ideal for the purpose,with a cargo capacity of 7,103 cubic metres (250,850 cubic feet) including 113 cubic metres (4,000 cubic feet) insulated.
In the December of her first year and not eight months after being launched she was involved in an incident at Chatham Dockyard when the small harbour tug TID 97 was sunk in Basin 3 while berthing RFA HEBE
Three of the crew were killed.
A couple of years later she was involved in a mercy mission when along with HMS OWEN she helped to rescued 140 refugees from Zanzibar after a revolutionary coup there. Those rescued were landed at Mombasa and included 126 British subjects.
In 1971 Management transferred to P&O General Cargo Division. Then in 1973 her ownership was transferred to Ownership transferred to The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, so she became a P&O vessel for the rest of her working time with the Ministry of Defence.
She was to continue her work on in her capacity as a store ship until 30 November 1978 when she was severely damaged by fire at Gibraltar.
Her super structure was so badly damaged that repairs were considered uneconomical
and the charter with the Ministry of Defence was cancelled and she was returned to P&O.
One member of the crew was killed in this devastating fire.
1979: Sold to Good Luck Navegante SA (Good Faith Shipping Co SA, managers) Panama and re-named
1979: She arrived under tow at Piraeus for repair.
1981: Sold to Poseidon Shipping Co SA, Panama and renamed Guardian.
1983: Arrived at Casablanca and subsequently reported under arrest.
1987: Sold for $159,000 to Cyprus shipbreakers and renamed Wafa.
1987: Arrived at Famagusta, Cyprus for demolition.
So ended the career of HEBE Ship No 482
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.