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 Manchester Ship Canal Company, Ltd order for another tug to work on the Manchester Ship Canal, she was in her original state powered by steam, before being converted to diesel in 1962. Re-engined with a 8cyl Ruston type diesel producing 800bhp. Along with a rebuilt super structure she was now complete with a covered in bridge and up to date electrics.
The ARROW spent her war years on the canal used as a tug doing her normal towing work but also used as a fire fighting tug, with constant danger of enemy air raids she was kept busy during the spell from 1939 to 1945.
She worked constantly on the canal for a total of 34 years before being sold on in 1972
She was sold on to the Malta Tug & Lighter Co, Ltd and she was renamed San Pietru, ten years later she was sold on again to Greek shipping interests and was renamed yet again, then she was finally renamed as ANTEOS C and amazing as it is and a real testament to her builders and the men who worked on her she was still working in 2007
70 years and still going strong, wonder if she is still working?
The above is the ship's registry shown here courtesy of the Manchester Ship Canal Company, Ltd
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.