20th September 2004, 07:50
One of the many ships built by Charles Connell for Ben Line.This was one of a series of fast cargo liners to be built in the late 50s/early 60s and was delivered in 1961.
She lasted all her working life with them and was scrapped in 1978.This was taken in London in 1974.

20th September 2004, 15:15
Yes very similar to BENLOYAL built in 1959.

13th October 2005, 00:11
Benloyal held the record London to Singapore fot many years !! There was not a single srtaight plate on her hull, she was like a warship. But a lot of stability problems due to her design and fuel consumption!!! Captain MacGill was there for many tears
or years anyone remember him????

13th October 2005, 03:03
Sailed on the Benloyal on her maiden voyage, she was an incredibly miserable ship with a very unhappy crew, after my one trip on her I left the Ben Line because they wouldn't transfer me to another ship.

16th October 2005, 22:14
Captain Mcgill by any chance???

16th October 2005, 22:25
Captain Mcgill by any chance???
Just had a look at the discharge book and that is the name. I can't remember him and had nothing against him personally, it was really the whole ship and crew in general that I just didn't feel comfortable with.

As a matter of interest I've still got the 10 or so page brochure they produced when she was launched.

16th October 2005, 22:33

Here the Benloyal; (

18th January 2006, 23:28
The Bengloe was my first Benboat, I did a coast on her in 69.There was a great crowd in the Engine Room, I the 2/Eng. was Davie Begg and the C/Eng. George...?(must look up my old Watching certs.) he had been torpedoed during the war and had some great stories.I think the block coefficient was under 0.6, the beam was still opening at the ford end of the Boiler Rm. and was closing at the aft end of the Eng. Rm. She had a Weirs P3 evaporator which was magic, sorry for getting all technical but having spent watch after watch on my previous ship trying to make distilled water I still remember this Evap was a joy to use.

wully farquhar
19th January 2006, 14:34
Did four trips on the Loyal,Macgill was master,Jimmy Jamieson was the bosun,there was a chap Watt fae Aberdeen who had been there from her maiden.She was not to bad a ship then.Not very good at remembering names so am stuck. (Cloud)

21st January 2006, 22:31
Hi Wully,

I joined the Loyal as cadet on 3rd July 1959, I only did one trip on her as she was the unhappiest ship afloat particularly after ships like the Benvrackie and the Benattow.

I actually got an email the other day from the son of a ship surveyor who fell down a hatch in Hull on the day I joined her, he died 2 days later. His son was looking for information on his father's accident. The surveyor was apparently an ex Ben Line master.

wully farquhar
22nd January 2006, 20:27
would that be number four hatch,it was very dangerous as the ladder was slotted in to the coamings

22nd January 2006, 22:38
I'm pretty sure it was number 1 hatch because I have a memory of when standing on the focs'l looking down I came very close to passing out at the tragic sight. Having said that I could be wrong.

I also have a vague memory of a shipyard worker being killed on her whilst she was being built.

12th March 2006, 13:46
I sailed on the maiden voyage of the Benloyal as 2nd Mate. Captain Mcgill was a hard taskmaster maybe that is why the ship was not a happy one. The first mate was Andrew Syme and the 3rd mate Willie Fairley. The surveyor that died in Hull walked into the forecasle which leads into No.1 hatch which was open and he fell down the hold. There was also another death on the voyage out to Port Said that of a Chinese fitter.

12th March 2006, 15:16
Welcome NormMcfar to the site enjoy it and all it has to offer, you are now amongst the ex seagoing fraternity who left years ago but our minds are still there.

14th May 2006, 18:40
Spent my first trip as junior sparks on " Benmhor " Joined in December 1961 and went Port Swettenham, Penang, Singapore and Bangkok. Chief sparks was John Crockett. Can`t remember the old man`s name, but we didn`t like each other.

27th October 2006, 15:40
I joined the Bengloe in Hong Kong January 1977, we was running between the middle east and the Far East, we had a shipyard in Hong Kong for 3 weeks, did not pay off with much that trip
Eric Cardno

Alistair Spence
27th December 2006, 08:56
Joined the Bengloe in Hamburg in 1974, my first ship, first ship I'd ever been on with exception of the ferry to the Isle of Wight. Still can't understand why we flew to Hamburg, we came to London the next day ! Docked in the West India docks, port side to. I've hated pineapple ever since that ship. Crushed pineapple,pineapple segments, pineapple cubes, pineapple juice, the lot. If it contained pineapple, we had it on that ship.

Paul Barford
27th December 2006, 11:55
Believe probably the reason you joined in Hamburg was, at the time there was some Union rule.
If the ship did more than one continental port after coming from the Far East, the crew had to be relieved in the second one. May not have got it quite right, but it was something like that.I was on the 'Gloe in early '74 but joined in London.
Once signed off the 'Lomond in Rotterdam for similar reasons.

27th December 2006, 12:13
did'nt the Benloyal suffer some mine damage going up the river to Hamberg soon after she was built??

Tom S
27th December 2006, 12:55
did'nt the Benloyal suffer some mine damage going up the river to Hamberg soon after she was built??
It was the Benlomond she was on her way to Hull from Hamburg and in those days you had to pass throuugh the minefied between Holland and Germany there was a safe channel anyway to cut a long story short one of the mine broke loose and the Benlomond struck it but lucky for her the mine was set for a 10knot ship and she was doing 18knots so the mine expoloded well astern of her. She suffered some minor damage to her stern plating which was repaired in Hull.

30th June 2008, 00:54
Tom I think it was Benvrackie, not Benlomond. It happened just after i joined the company.

Tom S
30th June 2008, 08:33
You are correct,I was on the Benmhor at the time

8th February 2016, 15:38
Hello all,
I'm the nephew of a former cadet who was on the Bengloe up to 1963 when, sadly, he was killed in an accident on board. His name was Alasdair Mackie Fraser. My father Ian and I would very much like to hear from anyone who might have sailed with 'Ally', recalls his time on board, and indeed anyone who remembers the accident itself.
Many thanks
Alasdair Fraser

8th February 2016, 15:45
PS Alasdair was 20 at the time of the accident. He came from Carlops in the Scottish Borders

8th February 2016, 16:44
The 'vrackie did strike a mine in 63 in the channel remember we were all trying to fend it off my first trip could not understand what all the panic was about cold sweats afterwards though