BENLAWERS

Fairfield
14th September 2004, 07:47
She was the last to be built for Ben Line at the former Charles Connell yard in Glasgow in 1970.By this time the yard was going through the transition of becoming Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Scotstoun.
She had quite a sad end becoming a livestock carrier and sinking following a severe fire.

tanker
14th September 2004, 13:54
Yes there were the 2 sisters BENALBANACH and BENWYVIS built in 1967 and
BENLEDI 1966 very good profile. they were sold to ITALIA SPA di NAVIGAZIONE and becoming DA VERRAZZANO and DA RECCO the third become DA NOLI . Regulary service during the 1980 years from GENOA to south and north America.
BEBLAWERS become the italian livestock carrier UNICEB.

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Fairfield
14th September 2004, 13:59
Yes there were the 2 sisters BENALBANACH and BENWYVIS built in 1967 and
BENLEDI 1966 very good profile. they were sold to ITALIA SPA di NAVIGAZIONE and becoming DA VERRAZZANO and DA RECCO the third become DA NOLI . Regulary service during the 1980 years from GENOA to south and north America.
BEBLAWERS become the italian livestock carrier UNICEB.

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Have you any photos of DA VERRAZZANO or DA RECCO

tanker
14th September 2004, 14:28
Unfotunately no but i will search.
ciao GP

EBenarty
11th October 2005, 00:08
The Benlawers was not a sister ship to te Ledi , Albanach or Wyvis. She was a class of her own with orlop decks and had side doors and lifts for loading pallets by forklift.
She was desicned by Catain Atkinson (Marine Supt. ) .But was ahead of her time for trade in the Far East and was eventually chartered to Saf Marine.
Billy

tanker
11th October 2005, 10:13
Exactly i know this,she was a singular ship and not lucky!!!
Gp

EBenarty
12th October 2005, 23:05
Not lucky in the end but she was not Ben Line in the end. We did have a wee disaster in Hong Kong in 1974 ? we were alongside in Kowloon when aTyphoon struck and we had to sail with JCBs and bulldozers unlashed ready for discharging, well they took off and we were lasooing them. After the typhoon we went back to Kowloon to discharge along with the HK managers jaguar the size of a matdhbox !!! Then a fire broke out with chemicals on deck and we were jumping over drums of octal fighting the fire before the fire brigade arived and evacuated the ship for 3 days

celsis
23rd August 2006, 10:06
She certainly wan't lucky for me as i broke my ankle in the ER around 1978. I'm Mike MacKinnon (mikchik) and was an engine room monkey all through the 70s& 80s.

Good site guys!

Semaj
24th August 2006, 22:30
Sorry lads never seen the ship, but have been up the mountain. (Nothing Broken).

Jim (*))

Stephen J. Card
10th January 2007, 06:37
She was the last to be built for Ben Line at the former Charles Connell yard in Glasgow in 1970.By this time the yard was going through the transition of becoming Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Scotstoun.
She had quite a sad end becoming a livestock carrier and sinking following a severe fire.


A rather handsome vessel!

In her Ben Line days did she carry any passengers? Any idea how many could be accommodated.

Stephen

roymuir
10th January 2007, 08:41
She had accommodation for 12 passengers Stephen, as did most vessels actually built for Ben Line around that time.

Regards, Roy.

Stephen J. Card
10th January 2007, 10:12
She had accommodation for 12 passengers Stephen, as did most vessels actually built for Ben Line around that time.

Regards, Roy.


Roy,

Many thanks for that info.

I only know a couple of chaps from Ben Line. Alex Alison who did 2nd Mates with me and another fellow, Colin Rowden who came over to Denholms from Ben Line to learn OBOs. After months learning tanker practice he returned to Ben and they promptly put him back on a cargo ship! He came back to Denholms and was Mate in the OBO SEVONIA TEAM in 1975. I lost track of him, but I think he was promoted master somewhere along the way. On the SEVONIA we kept strange watches... 12 on, 12 off, 12 on, 24 off.... for three months! It wasn't so bad... we sat at anchor in Eleusis Bay the whole time... waiting for orders!

Stephen

EBenarty
12th January 2007, 22:58
Hi Stephen,
I knew Colin Rowden well he was 3 rd. Mate with ne on my first trip deep sea- a great bloke !! I have not heard about him ,but did hear he went to Denholms - he was a very clever bloke !!
Billy

Stephen J. Card
13th January 2007, 01:39
Hi Stephen,
I knew Colin Rowden well he was 3 rd. Mate with ne on my first trip deep sea- a great bloke !! I have not heard about him ,but did hear he went to Denholms - he was a very clever bloke !!
Billy


Billy,

Yes, a good fellow for sure... and with a wicked sense of humor.

If I'm not mistaken he lived in Helensburgh.. or somewhere close by.

Stephen

ernhelenbarrett
13th January 2007, 09:32
During all those comments it was great to see Oswald Atkinson's name mentioned as he was one of the outstanding gentlemen of the Ben Line in those days from 1947 onwards, he encouraged all AB's to study for their tickets and taught them everything he could . Under him I was promoted Sailor , ( promoted on voyage from SOS to Sailor) and become the last sailor in the British MN (had to sit the AB Certificate when we arrived in Liverpool but the Shipping Master said I was the last Sailor in the British MN) C/O Atkinson included any AB who wanted to sit for his 2nd Mates Ticket in his
Cadets Classes and although I dipped out on my 2nd Mates I did get my
R/O PMG Certificate and I met up with another AB from the Cruachan days who did get their Mates Certificate. We all met up in Singapore one day in
1955. As I said before ...A perfect Ben Line Gentleman
Salaams Ern Barrett

EBenarty
13th January 2007, 23:08
Billy,

Yes, a good fellow for sure... and with a wicked sense of humor.

If I'm not mistaken he lived in Helensburgh.. or somewhere close by.

Stephen

Yes a great sense of humour _ and he could have stayed in Helensburgh or could it be Rhu ???
Billy

iain mac
15th January 2007, 22:04
colin used to live in helensburgh(maybe he still does)I remember him telling me he did one trip on an obo with ben line,she was called the vianna and later ended up in denholms as the cast tern.