Looking for Kenny Polson 3/0 "Benhope"

Paul Braxton
13th January 2013, 20:07
Are you out there, Kenny? Or does anyone have any news of him? Sailed with him in '80/'81 on "Benhope", when I was R/O. Appreciate any news.

Paul

EBenarty
27th January 2013, 20:38
Are you out there, Kenny? Or does anyone have any news of him? Sailed with him in '80/'81 on "Benhope", when I was R/O. Appreciate any news.

Paul

I sailed with Kenny on the Bencairn. Met him a few years ago and he was working in an office for a company called Rigman at Dyce Aberdeen.

Captarburns
22nd December 2016, 22:23
I know Kenny very well, I keep in constant contact with him. Do you have an email address where he can contact you?

Alex Burns

Paul Braxton
22nd December 2016, 22:47
Hi Alex. Good to hear from you. Nice to know Kenny is still around. I will PM you on that.

Cheers for Christmas and New Year. Paul

Paul Braxton
7th January 2017, 21:48
Just wondering if you received my email about Kenny, Alex. Haven't heard anything from him as yet (not surprisingly over the mad period of Christmas) and was thinking my messager might have stuffed up.

Paul

Ann(McKinnon)
20th October 2017, 23:12
Was Kenny from Dundee ?

Paul Braxton
1st November 2017, 22:19
Hi there, Ann.

Not sure where Kenny's from. Could well be from Dundee. Did you know of him then?

Tricks
8th November 2017, 18:21
Hi Paul,

I was 3/0 on the Benhope Dec 80 to Mar 81! Joined in Hong Kong dry dock if I remember correctly.

Phil

Paul Braxton
8th November 2017, 21:39
Hi Phil. Good to meet you!

Just checking my discharge book, and see you must have joined just after I left her in August '80 at Tarragona, in Spain. I did two consecutive trips on her; second was from April '81 to July. Joined in New Orleans and left for the final time in Hamburg. We just missed each other, by the look of it.

I had one or two fairly trying times on the ship, but also some beautiful ones, the latter by far outweighing the former. Captain was Ralph Cowie, a wonderful guy but a bit difficult to deal with at times due to some issues he seemed to have with alcohol. We all got chucked off his bridge once or twice! But a great guy. My last memory of him was of the two of us, alone at Heathrow, sitting there having a drink together before we went our separate ways, he up north, me down south. We had struck up a good friendship by that stage, and it was sad to see him go. I don't think he had much to go back to on land, couldn't seem to wait to get back to sea again. God rest him, I believe he passed away not that many years later.

Did you know Kenny Polson, I wonder? Or Ralph? 2/0 was from just outside Edinburgh, I remember, Penicuik, I think. I have a photo of Kenny and the 2/0 in the wheelhouse, and one of the mate (whose name I don't recall), taking a star sight. Kenny was a good guy. He introduced me to the wonders of 'real' photography, as he was a genius at that sort of stuff. Bought some Canon camera gear in Japan, upgrading in one fell swoop from an Instamatic to an AE1, with 200mm telephoto lens. Way to go.

Anyway, nice to say "Hi" to you, Phil. They were good days. I miss them. Sometimes a lot. She was a pretty big ship for those days. I have another photo, standing at the bow, looking back aft along those vast decks. Tiny black dot on the bridgewing from that vantage point was resolved thru the telephoto as the head of Roger Dickson, one of the younger cadets, looking over the dodger at me so far away. Poor old camera's gone through its last roll of slide film, now consigned to a cardboard box, poor thing. It served me as well as an infantry man's rifle for so many years and would no doubt still be doing service, but for the demise of slide film, and film in general. Kenny'd be proud! His unofficial apprentice did good!

Nice to chat. Maybe see you again. Call you up on the Aldis, ships that pass in the night...

Best regards, Paul

john fraser
9th November 2017, 08:19
Hi Paul,

I was 3/0 on the Benhope Dec 80 to Mar 81! Joined in Hong Kong dry dock if I remember correctly.

Phil
I remember you well Phil. I joined HK December 80 and paid off New Orleans April 81. We did Hk to Richards Bay when the a/c blew up near Singapore and Ralph Cowie demanded fans on board from the Super. After Richards Bay.coal to Fos and Genoa. NUS stopped the lads working in Fos and we were escorted out by the military. They came on board to let the moorings go. Then it was Venice. The agent reckoned we,d landed too much coal so Big Ralph told him to tell the women of Venice to come down with buckets.and take it. 3 crew memebers were in jail just before we sailed for New Orleans. Happy days then

Tricks
9th November 2017, 16:51
Hi Phil. Good to meet you!

Just checking my discharge book, and see you must have joined just after I left her in August '80 at Tarragona, in Spain. I did two consecutive trips on her; second was from April '81 to July. Joined in New Orleans and left for the final time in Hamburg. We just missed each other, by the look of it.

I had one or two fairly trying times on the ship, but also some beautiful ones, the latter by far outweighing the former. Captain was Ralph Cowie, a wonderful guy but a bit difficult to deal with at times due to some issues he seemed to have with alcohol. We all got chucked off his bridge once or twice! But a great guy. My last memory of him was of the two of us, alone at Heathrow, sitting there having a drink together before we went our separate ways, he up north, me down south. We had struck up a good friendship by that stage, and it was sad to see him go. I don't think he had much to go back to on land, couldn't seem to wait to get back to sea again. God rest him, I believe he passed away not that many years later.

Did you know Kenny Polson, I wonder? Or Ralph? 2/0 was from just outside Edinburgh, I remember, Penicuik, I think. I have a photo of Kenny and the 2/0 in the wheelhouse, and one of the mate (whose name I don't recall), taking a star sight. Kenny was a good guy. He introduced me to the wonders of 'real' photography, as he was a genius at that sort of stuff. Bought some Canon camera gear in Japan, upgrading in one fell swoop from an Instamatic to an AE1, with 200mm telephoto lens. Way to go.

Anyway, nice to say "Hi" to you, Phil. They were good days. I miss them. Sometimes a lot. She was a pretty big ship for those days. I have another photo, standing at the bow, looking back aft along those vast decks. Tiny black dot on the bridgewing from that vantage point was resolved thru the telephoto as the head of Roger Dickson, one of the younger cadets, looking over the dodger at me so far away. Poor old camera's gone through its last roll of slide film, now consigned to a cardboard box, poor thing. It served me as well as an infantry man's rifle for so many years and would no doubt still be doing service, but for the demise of slide film, and film in general. Kenny'd be proud! His unofficial apprentice did good!

Nice to chat. Maybe see you again. Call you up on the Aldis, ships that pass in the night...

Best regards, Paul
Hi Paul,

If I remember correctly, and it was a long time ago, I did my first trip as Cadet with Kenny (also cadet) on the Crammond (Benhiant) in 1976. States to South Korea.

Phil

Tricks
9th November 2017, 17:00
I remember you well Phil. I joined HK December 80 and paid off New Orleans April 81. We did Hk to Richards Bay when the a/c blew up near Singapore and Ralph Cowie demanded fans on board from the Super. After Richards Bay.coal to Fos and Genoa. NUS stopped the lads working in Fos and we were escorted out by the military. They came on board to let the moorings go. Then it was Venice. The agent reckoned we,d landed too much coal so Big Ralph told him to tell the women of Venice to come down with buckets.and take it. 3 crew memebers were in jail just before we sailed for New Orleans. Happy days then
Hi John,

I also remember you well! I left the ship in Venice in March. I remember Ralph Cowie, had a couple of run-ins with him and also "got sacked" just as Paul did! He was very apologetic the following day! Did another trip on the Benhope in 1985, joined in Aqaba, had an engine room fire and spent about 2 weeks alongside a lay-by berth whilst it was fixed. Then to Australia for coal to Hunterston.

They were good times, miss the good parts!

Phil

john fraser
9th November 2017, 19:08
Hi John,

I also remember you well! I left the ship in Venice in March. I remember Ralph Cowie, had a couple of run-ins with him and also "got sacked" just as Paul did! He was very apologetic the following day! Did another trip on the Benhope in 1985, joined in Aqaba, had an engine room fire and spent about 2 weeks alongside a lay-by berth whilst it was fixed. Then to Australia for coal to Hunterston.

They were good times, miss the good parts!


Phil

Did that trip as well.Joined Aqaba. First thing had to go with my relief Davie Yeats and the agent to buy some food as nothing on board.Got a lot of tinned stuff from the local Spar grocer plus some veg from the market.After we sailed I found a locker full of beer that the Ch.Steward never knew about.Got fully stored up in Singapore. We loaded Aqaba for Korea then Aussie with coal for Hunterston,remember the charterer went bust.At Hunterston the bunkers got arrested as the charterer hadn,t paid for them in Korea. Finished up in Falmouth dry dock. Another memorable trip

Ann(McKinnon)
10th November 2017, 13:36
Hi Paul, if he's the Kenny l think, then he may be in his 90,s from Broughty Ferry ,think my dad knew someone by the name Poison who was at sea with him.

Paul Braxton
17th November 2017, 20:45
Hi back to you, Ann.

Nah, that wouldn't be the Kenny I sailed with. He'd be about the same age as me now, mid sixties or so.

Can't remember where he hailed from, unfortunately. Back then, Scotland was an unknown, foreign country to me. I didn't know anything about it apart from a trip to Peterhead and Montrose. Made up for it later in life, and discovered just what a wonderful world is up there, especially in the Highland Region.

Best regards, Paul

Iain T
20th November 2017, 00:57
Hi back to you, Ann.

Nah, that wouldn't be the Kenny I sailed with. He'd be about the same age as me now, mid sixties or so.

Can't remember where he hailed from, unfortunately. Back then, Scotland was an unknown, foreign country to me. I didn't know anything about it apart from a trip to Peterhead and Montrose. Made up for it later in life, and discovered just what a wonderful world is up there, especially in the Highland Region.

Best regards, Paul


Hi Paul and Ann

I think the Kenny Polson you are looking for originates from Shetland. I personally haven't seen him for a number of years as he lives and works away. Hopefully other ex Ben Line staff will provide an update on him.

Best regards
Iain T
Lerwick, Shetland.

john fraser
20th November 2017, 07:03
Hi Paul and Ann

I think the Kenny Polson you are looking for originates from Shetland. I personally haven't seen him for a number of years as he lives and works away. Hopefully other ex Ben Line staff will provide an update on him.

Best regards
Iain T
Lerwick, Shetland.

There were three Polsons in Ben Line around the same time. There was Kenny. Stuart and Donald an AB. None related.Donald passed away a while back,. Stuart is pilot at Summon Voe. Kenny I don't know about. I.ll contact Stuart Polson on Facebook see if he can help.Stuart is originally from Whalsay Iain

john fraser
20th November 2017, 13:31
Found out that Kenny Polson is or was in Austrakia in 98. Possibly now retired but believe one person who is on this site may keep in touch with him.My informant will get in touch with him

ian keyl
20th November 2017, 16:29
Well done detective Fraser you hopefully have solved a long lasting problem. all we need is for Kenny to respond. keep her steady Ian.

Iain T
21st November 2017, 04:24
There were three Polsons in Ben Line around the same time. There was Kenny. Stuart and Donald an AB. None related.Donald passed away a while back,. Stuart is pilot at Summon Voe. Kenny I don't know about. I.ll contact Stuart Polson on Facebook see if he can help.Stuart is originally from Whalsay Iain

Hi John, many thanks for that and I know Stuart well. He is still a pilot at Sullom Voe. Kenny worked for a while in Houston a number of years ago but I'm sure he will be tracked down!
Cheers, Iain.

john fraser
21st November 2017, 07:09
Hi John, many thanks for that and I know Stuart well. He is still a pilot at Sullom Voe. Kenny worked for a while in Houston a number of years ago but I'm sure he will be tracked down!
Cheers, Iain.

Got in touch with Stuart yesterday and it seems that Terry Mouat kept in touch with Kenny Polson. Stuart will ask him next visit,no unless you see him first.I had to nose into your profile. and remember you not from Ben Line but as your time as agent(Hays) You used to do the Simon Labrador when I was there and Also the Northern Explorer I think,

Iain T
22nd November 2017, 04:39
Got in touch with Stuart yesterday and it seems that Terry Mouat kept in touch with Kenny Polson. Stuart will ask him next visit,no unless you see him first.I had to nose into your profile. and remember you not from Ben Line but as your time as agent(Hays) You used to do the Simon Labrador when I was there and Also the Northern Explorer I think,

Hi John, I forgot Terry mentioned some time ago that he was in touch with Kenny. If I see him will certainly ask for an update. Yes, that's going back a bit now John and remember the ships well! Had very happy but busy times at Hay's. In 1999 they became part of OBC who are now GAC - amazing how things change over the years. I was in agency for 33 years but certainly enjoying the change working in Lerwick Port Control since 2008.

ian keyl
22nd November 2017, 10:22
HI Iain,
I have not forgotten you as I promised i will send tie and also PONL one I have had a busy year and away boxing day to Kenya so will try to get them off soon Rgds Ian,

Ann(McKinnon)
22nd November 2017, 22:39
Hi Paul, We lived on in Peterhead for 4years with the RAF while stationed at Buchan, it wasn't,t on of out warmest postings but the people were friendly and the beaches were lovely ! Regards Ann.

Paul Braxton
23rd November 2017, 00:10
Hi back, Ann. Never saw the beaches, probably something to do with it being so cold when I was there, but about the only thing I remember about it now was a local watering hole called 'Diamond Lil's', which was a bit notorious in the day. Aberdeen was a good place, when I was working on a stern trawler doing pipeline survey work in '78. Had some good times there.
Best regards, Paul

bugga divino
23rd November 2017, 06:11
Hi Paul,
Try this link - might be one way of getting in touch with him...

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenny-polson-3696844/

Iain T
23rd November 2017, 06:17
HI Iain,
I have not forgotten you as I promised i will send tie and also PONL one I have had a busy year and away boxing day to Kenya so will try to get them off soon Rgds Ian,

Hi Ian, that is no problem and very kind of you, many thanks. I know you have had a busy time but no hurry. Hope you are keeping well. Best regards, Iain