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In early '50s Benledi loaded bagged wheat at at Geelong. A typical three island steamer, she was distinguished by having the upperworks finished in "woodgrained' paintwork, which was, according to newspaper reports, standard Ben Line practice at the time. It was reported that specialist crew were employed to keep it up to standard.
I subsequently heard reports that Benledi was destroyed by fire.
I have a few B & W photos of the ship which I will post, when I figure out how to do so,
Best regards, Allan
 

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She was a heavy lift ship with super sized derricks for these days and was also used for bulk cargo. She was my first ship as a young cadet. Ben Line ships all had a small complement of Chinese painters whose only job was to maintain the wood grained upperworks.
 

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Ben Line carried 3 painters who carried out all the grainwork on the accomodation plus numerous other painting and varnishing duties including painting inside the accommodation. These painters always had long finger nails to do the grainwork, it was marvelous to watch but difficult to copy, I managed a bit after 4 years cadet and 5 years 2nd Mate but nothing compared to their standard. When they painted you could not find the smallest of a paint run - They were great
 

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Thanks for that background information. How times have changed! Am I right in thinking Benledi was destroyed by fire?
 

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the old laundry men were very handy also,we had an old fellow on the Benvenue which used to sit in the corner of the laundry smoking some sort of peace pipe don't know what was in it but it sure made him happy (*)) .
 

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something happened to BENLEDI

Thanks for that background information. How times have changed! Am I right in thinking Benledi was destroyed by fire?
Hello I am looking back to my father's life, he passed away three years ago at the age of 85, and find tehis amazing sit. His discharge book shows that he worked for benledi from 12 jul 1955 till 8 dec 1960, place of discharge is West H'pool and engage in London 9, Dec 1960. Then he engage to BENMHOR and came back to hong kong on 20 jan 1961, then he worked in BENLOMOND till 1977.

It seems there was something unexpected happened to BENLEDI.
 

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the old laundry men were very handy also,we had an old fellow on the Benvenue which used to sit in the corner of the laundry smoking some sort of peace pipe don't know what was in it but it sure made him happy (*)) .
Wasn.t that Lee Pui Willie.He smoked a homemade pipe made from Bamboo and a tobacco tin.Must have been good tobacco.
 
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