VARDA was the first of the Clyde Class of 18000dwt standard design of general cargo ship designed by the newly formed Upper Clyde Shipbuilders consortium which they hoped would win orders.
However the much documented troubles of the yards resulted in long delays- over a year from launch to maiden voyage- and only 4 were built all for the Haverton Shipping Company.
VARDA was launched in December 1971 at the Clydebank yard but was not delivered until March 1973.This was taken at Greenock where all the class started their maiden voyages following delivery.
She lasted until 1998 and was scrapped as ASIA STAR.
Picture added on 12 January 2010 at 12:44