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 Petroleum products tanker KILLINGHOLME was an order from the Shell Mex & B.P. Co Ltd, she was launched from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb in 1964.
One of a two ship order for tankers her sister being the HAMBLE Ship No 486 built at the same time.
She was re-named to BP SCORCHER in 1975 before ending up as another Nigerian ship now called Nigerian Star last heard of in 1983.
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.