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 SALMO was the second ship in what was the largest order for ships to be built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.
The order was from The Ellerman Wilson Line and was for a total of seven (7) ship of which five were to form the new "S" Class of cargo vessel for the Wilson Line with the other two ships to be Papayanni Line ships.
This was a big order for the shipyard and it meant continued employment for the highly skilled shipbuilders of Leith for the next three years of there build.
More functional than and not as elegant as the previous Ellerman vessels built in the yard, but a very welcome order, all built to the highest craftsmanship.
She was the third ship of the Ellerman Line to have the name of SALMO
The Wilson line were in the process of developing a modern fleet equipped for speedy and efficient cargo-handling, the "S" class ships had on board cranes to allow the handling of general and containerised cargo and loaded pallets as well as refrigerated containers. The first four of the "S" class ships all had three on board cranes along with a "King post" situated just for'd of the after super structure.
They also had side-loading doors port and starboard or driving cargo straight into the tween decks.
She was fitted with a bow thrusters to aid berthing and docking, all in all very modern ships for the time.
The "S" Class ships as they were to be known, while still fitted out to a high standard did not quite have the same opulence as previous Ellerman ships built at Leith.
With her super structure aft as was becoming the norm for ships at this time to give more hold space and a smaller shaft coupled to the engine, this was a big saving in cost for the owners.
She was used on the trade routes from London to the Mediterranean route with frequent stops in Malta. As part of the Ellerman Wilson Line reorganisation around 1973/4 she was transferred into the Ellerman City Line and she was renamed CITY OF ATHENS.
Two years later she was sold to Red Cascade Shipping Co., Panama and renamed Aldebaran II.
In 1980 she was sold on again to Cypriot owners who named her Argiro and she traded as such until she was sold, in 1987, to Amin Shipping Services Ltd., St. Vincent and Grenadines where she was renamed Al Ameen.
She was sold to Pakistan shipbreakers in 1988 and arrived at Gadani Beach on 23 January 1988 where she was reduced to scrap metal.
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.