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.BACCHUS was an order from the British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd, one of two ships ordered at the same time.
The BACCHUS 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 BACCHUS (A404).
BACCHUS was to have a luckier time than her sister ship HEBE and she served out her full 19 years on charter to the Admiralty.
She along with her sister ship was a large vessel to be built in the Leith yard and this was a continued time of full order books. The two ships could carry a lot of stores with a Cargo capacity of 7,103 cubic metres (250,850 cubic feet) including
113 cubic metres (4,000 cubic feet) insulated.
Most of her time as RFA BACCHUS was spent in Mediterranean waters.
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.
1977: Damaged in a collision with Frontier on leaving Limassol, Cyprus.
She was to continue her work on in her capacity as a store ship until she saw out her full charter and was handed back to her then owners P&O in 1981 and was immediately sold on to Lion Shipping Co Pte Ltd (Lian Soon Agencies Pte Ltd, managers) Singapore and re-named Cherry Lanka.
1985: Sold to Goodluck Corporation, Pakistan, for demolition.
1986: Demolition commenced at GadaniBeach on the 1st of January 1986.
So ended the career of BACCHUS Ship No 483
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.