Anybody out there remember "Wongs Virgins" who used to come aboard in Singapore and clean out the deep tanks before loading latex,the tanks had to be more or less shining. (*))
Roddy Munro said:Hi EBenarty I well remember Mabel Ma and her shop in the alleyway.where else in the world could you get a blue and white Ben Line cap Still have the remains of one.
On Wully,s topic of latex tanks, who remembers keeping a jar of the stuff for patching shorts and denims.Better than a palm and needle!!!
I'm an old Ben Boat man from Inverness. Sailed on the Benledi, Benvrackie and Benvcruachan in the fifties. Nice to know there are others from the old town who still have memories of the Ben Line. The Benvrackie was the best of my three, being launched the year before I joined. Len NicolEBenarty said:Wully,
Was talking to Duncan Sutherland another Ben Line man today in Inverness and he was asking about Jimmy MacDonald the Chief Steward from Halkirk. Do you know him and is he still around !! I sailed with Jimmy on the Lawers and Cruachan a fine geel he was !!
Wully I think Johnnie Dalzeils nephew would be Jimmy Dalzeil, Johnnie also had a brother that sailed chippy called Willie, very famous man! he had a tragic accident on the local ferry and never recovered. Macwully farquhar said:Sailed with big Duncan Macclellan,think it was on the Benvenue and i heard not to long ago that he had passed on,also the nephew of John Dalziel,never heard of him since i sailed with him,can not remember his first name,they say it is old age.lol!!
When I was Cadet I was helping Iain MacIntosh / Jim Gray the Leckies with a port fan into the firemans galley,when we unbolted the fan a load of cockroaches fell into a pot of Chinese Chow and the cook replied no problem - Good Chow and stirred them in !!Rusty said:I remember coasting the Bencleuch in '57 and discharging latex into drums while in Antwerp. If any latex just happened to be spilled, the dockers collected it and rolled it into a football for an impromptu game on the dockside. We then moved to Hamburg and the ship was debugged - lousy with cockroaches (and other things). The whole crew was allocated rooms in a nearby hotel, but not one single bed was used.