Containership Dates

oceancraft
5th December 2006, 11:55
I am trying to date some photos I have of the Ben Line containerships Benalder, Benavon, and City of Edinburgh. I am intererested to know in what year their on-deck container capacity was increased and in what year did the all grey hull livery with 'Ben Line' in blue on the side appear. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.

EBenarty
6th December 2006, 16:22
Benalder built 1972, Benavon 1973, City of Eninburgh also built in 1973.
In January 1982 when they came back in service after having M.A.N. Diesel Engines fitted the container capacity icreased from 2804 to 3028 TEU. I believe it was at this time the blue BEN LINE appeared on the hull.
I hope that is some help !!!!

Thamesphil
6th December 2006, 16:41
I took this photo of Benavon in the summer of 1982 and the BEN LINE is not on the hull here........

hasse neren
6th December 2006, 16:46
Hello, mr. Ebenarty and Mr.Thamesphil. One stupid question: the logo on the stern on Ben Line Ships have it always been the same?
Hasse.

oceancraft
6th December 2006, 21:10
Thanks for the replies so far.

I can confirm that the container capacity increased at the same time the ships became motorships. I found an article from Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering International which reports this.

Regarding the hull logo I have had a check of my photos. The latest dated photo I have of the grey and white hull is of the Benavon in 1985. The earliest photo I have of the all grey hull with the blue logo is of the City of Edinburgh in 1989; so the answer lies somewhere between these two years.

Hawkeye
6th December 2006, 23:44
Hi Oceancraft

I have found some photos of the ships you seek.
Benavon:
http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=318808
http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=104995
http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=8011
Benalder:
http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=104990
http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=59158
City of Edinburgh:
http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=272412
http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=131932
http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=113703

It seems from these photos that the earlist one is dated 1989. (one of the Edinburgh's)

Hope this has been some help
Regards
Karl

oceancraft
7th December 2006, 00:11
Thanks Hawkeye

That's where I found both the dates of 1985 for the Benavon in the older livery and 1989 for the City of Edinburgh in the newer livery. Someone using this fantastic website must have been aboard one of the ships during the livery change. I have always considered them to be elegant looking ships (in relative containership terms) and they lost that sleekness of form with the removal of the white sheerstrake (the same happened to the OCL near sisters). They were always a delight to see in Southampton and are now all very sadly missed.

Paul Barford
8th December 2006, 13:26
Unfortunately, the sleekness of form was not the only thing the ships lost after the change to diesel propulsion. I was on the "City of Edinburgh" for the last full voyage before she went out to Japan for re-engining.As steam ships they were smooth and you could hardly tell they were moving, never sailed on them with diesels but believe there was problems with vibrations and they were not pleasant to sail on.

Eltel
13th December 2006, 18:11
I finished my last trip on the CoE in August 1987 and there was no hull logo then.

oceancraft
14th December 2006, 09:53
Thanks Eltel, that means the all grey hull with the Ben Line logo appeared sometime between late 1987 and 1989. All we need now is confirmation of what livery they carried in 1988.