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BENLOMOND

lMO 5041425

Location: Stadersand, Elbe
Date: 1966

1957 completed by C.Connell + Co., Glasgow
for Ben LIne Steamers Ltd., Leith
9.927GRT, 11.962tdw, 2 turbines Rowan geared, 17kn

Sister ships: BENDORAN, BENWRACKIE

1977 broken up Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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7/1957 Completed by Chas. Connel & Co. Ltd., Glasgow (Yard No. 485) for the Ben Line Steamers of Leith.
10,325 grt
6,001 net
12,010 dwt
508 x 64 x 30'
Turbines (2) by D. Rowan & Co. Glasgow. 17 knots
15/10/1977 Arrived at Kaohsiung for breaking up by Chi Shun Hwa Steel Co. Ltd.
 

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Although I served my time in Ben Line I never sailed on this class. Always thought Benreoch as first of class was a "looker" but never quite understood why the other three had the midships hatch/hold; to me it broke up what were nicely designed ships. Anyone know why the midshsips hatch/hold was there?
 

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Waighty: A so-called split superstructure with a hatch in between may have had these traditional reasons:

1. You seperate the officers quarters from the ordinary crew or from passengers (passenger ships like DOMINIUM MONARCH or Royal Mail Line ships like ARLANZA/ARAGON). There was more comfort, i.e. less noise and fumes from the engines in the forepart also.
2. Traditional coal burners had the coal bunkers next to the boiler room admidships.
 

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