Ben Cairn

Ian329
4th September 2011, 10:18
Does anyone know if the Bencairn had reinforced forward and aft decks and also engineroom. I heard a story that this was done to many ships built just after the war in case there was another war. The story goes that lots of ships during the war were fitted with guns on the decks that when used buckled the deck making the gun useless. Any truth or just a nice story?

binliner
7th September 2011, 13:37
Having had the misfortune to sail on the Nevis and Rinnes both these ships still had in the ships drawings controls for gun positions as they were both built as escort carriers during the war and rumour had it if all the nozzles on the turbines were opened up they could reach 21knots though wether they had extra armour I do not know,but they were both 30yrs old when scrapped, so must have been well built.

EBenarty
10th September 2011, 21:10
I sailed on the Cairn for 4 voyages from 1972 to 1974. If I remember correctly she was built in the mid 50,s so I doubt if she had reinforcement, I cannot recollect seeing any.

Paul Barford
11th September 2011, 18:00
I sailed on the Cairn for 4 voyages from 1972 to 1974. If I remember correctly she was built in the mid 50,s so I doubt if she had reinforcement, I cannot recollect seeing any.

Think your right there, the ' Cairn was the former City of Brisbane, built 1951 and was scrapped in 1975, visited her just before she went out to scrap.
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