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.
Ship No 517 was one of three such tugs ordered to be built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb and a welcome order it was. The first 2 tugs were for the Grangemouth & Forth towing Co and were built for operation in the River Forth at the Hound Point oil terminal, which was also built at the Leith Shipyards.
Story will continue.
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.