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Noticed this Ben Line forum when I joined the other day. I was with Ben Line as cadet from 1963 to 1967. Mainly on Bencluech and Benledi for deep sea trips.
 

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Hi Scotty,

Welcome to the site. My own first trip deep sea was as a cadet on the "Benledi". Joined her in August 1969 at West India Docks, done three trips on her before been moved on to the "Benmacdhui". Fantastic times.

Plenty of yarns on this forum from old Ben boat guys, gets you hooked right away.

Regards

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Welcome aboard NZSCOTTY a fair few ex Ben Line people here, I was a cadet with them myself in the mid to late fifties. I hope you join in the forums and enjoy the site offerings.
 

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Thanks for the welcome to Ben Line pages. Yes it brings back memories of the Ben Line days. Work all day and night - no bridge time (except to clean the brass). SHould have gone as an AB (but couldn't speak the Galic!!
 

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Great to have you on board at last John, think you will find many ex Ben
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Hi there NZSCOTTY,Welcome aboard,what Benboats were you on as it was the same era that i was with them.
Cheers,--------Wully (Thumb)
 

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Welcome aboard, NZSCOTTY. Enjoy the site.

Rgds
 

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G'day all, first Ben boat was Benstac. Joined in NY on a Barber Line charter as deckboy fresh out of TS Dolphin at the end of "76. Did 8 mnths then joined 'lomond in Grangemouth and took her to scrap in Kaohsiung. Next was the 'lawers, joined her in Avonmouth (where I banged into the NZ Waitangi's crowd and got on the hops for a few days before eventually getting signed on) for a double-header down the west coast of Sth America on a PSNC charter. Next was 'dearg then 'avon and 'cruachan. Think Bencruachan was the last British flagged, steam turbine, general cargo ship in existance. Sure to get a few minds thinking, but let's get the pot stirred!
 

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from what i can see i must have been the only one to ever sail on the bendoran joined in liverpool in 64 till 66 she was also a steam turbyne general gargo , still cant find a crew list for her i can remember some of them i also have a pic of our football team when i get my scanner back i will post the pic and names
 

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Noticed this Ben Line forum when I joined the other day. I was with Ben Line as cadet from 1963 to 1967. Mainly on Bencluech and Benledi for deep sea trips.
I have a grainy but magic peice of film from super 8 mm that I took in 1966
as the Benledi sailed passed.
I was on the Benvracki
 

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from what i can see i must have been the only one to ever sail on the bendoran joined in liverpool in 64 till 66 she was also a steam turbyne general gargo , still cant find a crew list for her i can remember some of them i also have a pic of our football team when i get my scanner back i will post the pic and names
Ian
I was Mate on the Bendoran for over a year in the sixties Ralph Cowie was Master Malcolm Organ Chief Off Myself as Mate Dave Ormistom Second Mate and Chis Cladingbowl was Third Mate I am sure the Lecky was Dave Toshack
thats al I remember
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G'day all, first Ben boat was Benstac. Joined in NY on a Barber Line charter as deckboy fresh out of TS Dolphin at the end of "76. Did 8 mnths then joined 'lomond in Grangemouth and took her to scrap in Kaohsiung. Next was the 'lawers, joined her in Avonmouth (where I banged into the NZ Waitangi's crowd and got on the hops for a few days before eventually getting signed on) for a double-header down the west coast of Sth America on a PSNC charter. Next was 'dearg then 'avon and 'cruachan. Think Bencruachan was the last British flagged, steam turbine, general cargo ship in existance. Sure to get a few minds thinking, but let's get the pot stirred!
You right Roy, Cruachan was the last British steam turbined cargo vessel in service. I did the last full coast and voyage on her,signing off in Hull on 25th. Feb 1980.
Quite an eventfull voyage! Broken down off Singapore with boiler trouble (leaking tubes), got around the Far East okay but burst more tubes just off the Humber coming home. Remember it was thick fog and late at night as we went up to Hull and only just made it as we were running out of feed water for the boiler. She was quite unique in that she had only one main boiler, although you could run on the 'donkey boiler', but this took around 12hours to change over the pipes etc.After that, she had temporary boiler repairs to get her out to the F.E again and was scrapped. On the voyage I did, Ben line used her as a training ship and if I remember rightly, we had six engineer cadets and six deck cadets on board.
 

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G'day Paul, I've just had a look at the old Discharge Book and it looks like I joined the day you paid off. I joined 25.2.1980 in Hull, signed off on 5.5.1980 in Kaohsiung. Harry McIntosh was the Skipper and I think Derek Ferrier was the Bosun.

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Hi Roy. Yep, you're right. Derek was the Bosun. I also paid off that trip in Kaohsiung but a day or 2 before everyone else as I flew home with the notice of readiness. Shinned down the pilot ladder as she was backing into the breakers berth. Flight home was eventfull too. The st'bd outer engine of the BA 747 I was on caught fire just after take off from Hong Kong. The landing back in Hong Kong on 3 engines was also memorable!!! We knew it was serious when they started handing out free booze as this was still the days of paying (apart from Singapore Airlines & Cathay Pacific). (==D)
 
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