I have a grainy but magic peice of film from super 8 mm that I took in 1966Noticed 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.
Ianfrom 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
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.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!