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The Big Three third generation Container ships Benavon, Benalder, City Of Edinburgh.

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Old 27th April 2018, 23:58
ian keyl ian keyl is offline  
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The Big Three third generation Container ships Benavon, Benalder, City Of Edinburgh.

I was speaking with a ch/Off who stood by the building of the first two Ben Line Container ships in Keil he was saying that the labour in the yars was mainly Turkish welders and Geordie fitters, ( plumbers, carpenters, and leckies) .
He also told me something I did not know the speed these ships attained on trials and the service speed they worked at when in the first few years going round the cape.

He was on owners acceptance trials and both the Avon and Alder achieved 31.8 knots and when on service they were running at between 27 and 30 knots burning 500 tons of fuel a day but passing ever vessel in site , the engines were GEC turbines producing 100k horsepower. some years later when they were converted to diesel they only used 285 tons per day but did not have the speed anymore only 24 knots. It would have been nice to go flying past a Union Castle mail boat at 30 knots ,it would knock the wind out of their sails . . I think the last one to survive was the Benalder as the London and she went to the knackers in 2003 at thirty years old .
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Old 28th April 2018, 14:47
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I was speaking with a ch/Off who stood by the building of the first two Ben Line Container ships in Keil he was saying that the labour in the yars was mainly Turkish welders and Geordie fitters, ( plumbers, carpenters, and leckies) .
He also told me something I did not know the speed these ships attained on trials and the service speed they worked at when in the first few years going round the cape.

He was on owners acceptance trials and both the Avon and Alder achieved 31.8 knots and when on service they were running at between 27 and 30 knots burning 500 tons of fuel a day but passing ever vessel in site , the engines were GEC turbines producing 100k horsepower. some years later when they were converted to diesel they only used 285 tons per day but did not have the speed anymore only 24 knots. It would have been nice to go flying past a Union Castle mail boat at 30 knots ,it would knock the wind out of their sails . . I think the last one to survive was the Benalder as the London and she went to the knackers in 2003 at thirty years old .
I was on owners acceptance trials on Benlawers. 23.8knts at 80% power. She never ever did 100% power but the Chief reckoned she could have done 28.8 knots.Donald Cowie the Captain hated to see another cargo ship trying to pass us and always speeded up.
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Old 29th April 2018, 22:26
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John, Donald never liked anyone overtaking his ship i know on the valla he would ask for extra revs off the chief George MacDonald to keep ahead of the Glens finlas and ogle around the Japanese coast , which we did trouble with Diesels when you reached your maximum on revs that was it whereas on a steamer if the boilers could produce it and good turbines you could I understand you keep winding her up .. Going on jolies John for three weeks to US so I have channels a t moment. if you see Willie MacGergor give him my regards and wish him well Ian ..
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