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Ben Line heavy lift vessel taken in Glasgow in 1975. Can/t remember her builders but it was not Connell/s.
Behind is NURJEHAN in the process of being renamed STRATHNEVIS and receiving P&O corporate livery.All the hull painting was done afloat in the King GeorgeV Dock,whether as a cost cutting exercise or not I don/t know!
 

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If i remember BENARTY was built in1963 by Caledon / D Rowan in 1981 she
become KOTA PETANI and with this name was scrapped..
 

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Ahoy Gp,

You're right on that, she was built at Caledon S.B & E Co.Ltd[534]in 03-1963 for E.G. Thomson[Shipping] Ltd.and Managed by Wm.Thomson
IMO:5401625
Call sign:GKGH
BRT:7285
DWT:10162
LOA x B X D :155.00 x 20.35 x 8.494
Eng:2SA 6Cy 760x1550 6714kW[9000bhp]Sulzer[D.Rowan & Co.Ltd]
Speed:16
 

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You knew him !!!
But the poor man had a
hard time during ww2 . I believe he was in Shangi and had a bad time and believe he was on the Burma Raillway to the Bridge over the River Kwai but he never mentioned it much. He had a lot on his shoulders but kept it to himsef and did not want to talk about it. That may explain some things. There are other stories - but I cannot publicise them . . .
Anyway we could mail privately?
B
 

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EBenarty said:
You knew him !!!
But the poor man had a
hard time during ww2 . I believe he was in Shangi and had a bad time and believe he was on the Burma Raillway to the Bridge over the River Kwai but he never mentioned it much. He had a lot on his shoulders but kept it to himsef and did not want to talk about it. That may explain some things. There are other stories - but I cannot publicise them . . .
Anyway we could mail privately?
B
I think that you can send me a private "e" mail via my gallery. (Thumb)
 

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did about six "coasts" on benarty but never voyaged on her .one coast we rammed by lykes boat in the elbe and sank as we entered drydock in hamburg enjoyed every trip on her
 

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good times on the arty

I was lucky to do the last two voyages before handing her over in singapore,good crowd on her.Derrick Ferrier(blocker), alec guyan (chippy), watty cunningham, billy cooper, taffy bevan ginge white. Had a good six day's in singers before we flew home.
 

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Last night I was talking to a lady in Inverurie her husband was Captain of the Benarty Ian McKay. She told me he drowned in Houston 29yrs ago this week. I told her about this site but alas she is not online. If anyone has any memories of him (good ones please) perhaps you could post them and I will drop them off for her to see also a photo of the ship, she said he loved the Benarty.
 

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I sailed on the Hiant 3/10/77 till 2/12/77 with Ian MacKay as Captain. Joined & payed off in Rotterdam after run up the Lakes.
 

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Ian Mckay was C/O my first 2 trips cadet on Bengloe in 1972/73 - an absolute gentleman. I briefly met Mrs. McKay (Rhona?) in Leith when I paid off my first trip. Ian left in the Far East on my second trip to take command of Benreoch for the homeward passage - I heard a good time was had by all!
 

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Chosan George,

I was only talking about Ian to Archie Watters in Edinburgh when at the BL reunion, I mentioned i had lost contact with Rhona many years ago when i moved and the days before the internet.
If you see Rhona please pass on my regards to ther and family as if she rembers Xmas 1968 in Middlesbrough on the Benledi when i went up town and bought a chrimbo tree then put lights on it and heaved it up to top of main mast and lit it up .We had the highest tree at sea and it was still there when she sailed from London for FE.
Ian was great person and Rhona was a fantastic person for harmonising all the crew along with Ian they would break down barriers.
I sailed with Ian again after that then we had that tragic accident, I was a poll barer at his funeral at Hazelhead in Aberdeen. Ian's ashes were spread over Bennachie in view of his back garden in Inverurie.
I beleave Rhona has moved since.
Best rgds Ian .
 

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Gents I passed on the messages to "Roda" she remembers the Christmas tree up the mast said it was one of the funniest things she had ever seen onboard.
She said to thank you guys for the many happy memories. In the meantime if anyone else posts a message I will make sure she gets a printed copy.

George
 

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Hello. I am Ian MacKay’s granddaughter Victoria. I have just left Inverurie (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) to head back to Edinburgh and my grandmother Baroda was talking very fondly about this forum and how kind George has been by getting her in touch with you all.

I said to my grandmother Baroda (also known as Rodie or Kate whilst onboard) that I would sign up so she can communicate with you all and share her memories of travelling with Ben Line.

We were talking about the Hiant and how she remembers is vividly as it was an incredible voyage. She also mentioned that the crew were not allowed to go to downtown Detriot. Im not sure why, but I think it was possibly a little unsafe.

Also I have heard throughout my life about the Christmas of ’68 as this has been my mother’s (Fiona MacKay, now Napier) favourite memory of Christmas with her dad. I heard about the tree being up the mast. It always sounded fantastic.

My sister (Rebecca) and I have heard so much about our grandad Ian, but please if you have any memories it would mean a lot to us and our family to learn more about him at sea. Never meeting him it would be fantastic to hear more about him. I have heard I have a lot of similarities in my personality as him, which I hope means I am a bit of a character! The stories we have heard about him make me think he was definitely a character.

I will also post some photos I have of Ian MacKay and Rodie MacKay and maybe you might see youself in those photos.

Kindest regards
Victoria
 

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