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.
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.
The survey and research vessel TRIBENI was one of the nicest looking ships built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb and she was also the final "Steam" powered Ship to be built and launched from a Leith Shipyard.
She was an order from the Port Commissioners of Calcutta, and although we have many photographs of her build on the stocks at Leith we do not have much information of her working life in and around the huge coastline of India. She was the first of the ships at Leith to be launched with a Coconut due to the religious aspects of her new owners she could not be launched with the traditional bottle of "Bubbly" so it was a coconut that seen her go into the water and it seems that her launch was not the smoothest neither as due to some mis-calculations she took a heavy list to port on entering the water and it was a very relieved engineering dept when she righted herself to around a 5 degree list.
SS TRIBENI would have made a very nice Mega yacht of today as they now call them.
It seems that towards the end of her career with the Port Commission she caused a few headaches with the pompous types to be found in these jobs who haggled over whether it was worth it in money terms to keep her going for another year.
And once it was eventually agreed by some committee or other the work was ordered to be carried out by a local Indian Shipyard and needless to say they well and truly screwed the work up to such an extent that she was only of use for 12 days out of her final year and at great cost of course. (Should have sent her back to Scotland to get fixed)
SS TRIBENI was eventually sent to be broken up in 2003 a sad end for such a beautiful looking ship.
SS TRIBENI was a cracking looking ship, built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb she would not look out of place today as a large private yacht. She was launched in 1965 and is featured in the shipbuilding in Leith section where we follow her build and launch.