Ben Line's 10,926 gr ton Benvalla proceeds upriver in 1965 in the charges of tugs Vanquisher and Dhulia. Built by Chas Connell at Scotstoun in 1962 she was a mighty fine vessel both visually and technically.
Prepairing to load liquid latex. Shortly after this picture was taken one of the rubber hoses ruptured and spilled liquid latex all over the deck, the smell of ammonia was awful. The dockies let it dry and rolled it up into balls and threw it onto the dock.
Benvalla's main engine 10RD76 Fairfield-Rowan Sulzer Diesel engine, top platform with cylinder heads and turbo chargers.
All of the main engine components were manufactured at David Rowan's then assembled and tested at Fairfields engine shop in 1963. There is a picture of it on the test bed in...
Benvalla's main engine 10RD76 Sulzer by Fairfield Rowan. Sorry the picture is a bit dark but I recovered it from an old slide. The junior engineer in the lower left is not me. This picture was taken in December 1966 as I was paying off the ship.