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, in the case of a ship for the Royal Navy this meant she also had to be commissioned as fit for purpose, once commissioned she was then considered ready for action and would take her place in the fleet.
His Majesty's Rescue Tug REWARD was the sixth such "Bustler Class" tug to be built and launched from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb as Ship No 336.
REWARD was to survive the war and continue service with the Royal Navy until being chartered out to United Towing in 1962 for a year and re-named, she was then taken back into service by the RAF and was based at Portsmouth until the early 1970's when she went to Malta.
In 1975 she was taken back by the Royal Navy and renamed HMS REWARD and converted to oil rig protection duty, during Aug 1976 she was involved in a collision on a foggy night in the Firth of Forth with the German (of all things) container ship Plainsman.
REWARD sank in 15 mins and her crew were taken off by the Plainsman, she was lifted by the heavy lift vessel Magnus III and was beached in Inverkeithing Bay. Found to be a total constructive loss she was then scrapped.
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.