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Hi All

I dont know if anyone will remember me or not.

My name is Jim Hutton and I worked for Ben Line between 1977-1985

I started off as Catering Boy, on the Jeddah Crown, and on my last trip I paid off the Bencruachan in Rotterdam 13/11/85.

Looking forward to hear from old acquaintances.

Cheers

Jim
 

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Welcome aboard, Jim. Enjoy the site.

Rgds
 

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Welcome aboard Jim,I am an ex benboat man but i think it was before you,my time with the Ben-Line was in the early sixties,all good times.
Cheers,---------Wully (Thumb)
 

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hello jimmy, i sailed with you a couple of times, i'm sure one trip was on the benhope, 1980 other crew that trip were , taffy bevan, billy cooper, donny macvicar, lincoln wechter,angus macleod chippy, ronnie buchan bosun, and jacko pride skipper, got flew off by chopper in long beach ulcers or something.I'm trying to remember the 2nd stewards name big jimmy ? from aberdeen or was it some guy from glasgow whose mother had died about 6 times so he could not use that x cuse for paying off?
 

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Hello Jim, a very warm welcome to the site. I also am an ex Ben Line man but like Wully a bit before your time, in the mid fifties.

I look forward to your posts and hope you enjoy the site.
 

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hello jimmy, i sailed with you a couple of times, i'm sure one trip was on the benhope, 1980 other crew that trip were , taffy bevan, billy cooper, donny macvicar, lincoln wechter,angus macleod chippy, ronnie buchan bosun, and jacko pride skipper, got flew off by chopper in long beach ulcers or something.I'm trying to remember the 2nd stewards name big jimmy ? from aberdeen or was it some guy from glasgow whose mother had died about 6 times so he could not use that x cuse for paying off?
Would the 2nd steward be Jimmy Davidson? Less said about him the better!
 

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Welcome

Jim,
......and a warm welcome to the site from me too! I hope you thoroughly enjoy the SN experience and get many happy hours entertainment from your membership. Good to see you have found some of your old shipmates already!(Thumb)
 

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Hi All

I dont know if anyone will remember me or not.

My name is Jim Hutton and I worked for Ben Line between 1977-1985

I started off as Catering Boy, on the Jeddah Crown, and on my last trip I paid off the Bencruachan in Rotterdam 13/11/85.

Looking forward to hear from old acquaintances.

Cheers

Jim
hi jim derek bruce here paid off ben cruachan same time as you think i was on ben avon as well
 

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Welcome aboard Jim, looks like you were joining the Ben Line about the same time I was leaving. There are quite a few Ben Line men on this site, sure you will enjoy it.
Ali. Bain.
 

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welcome Jim from another ex Ben Line bloke I joined my first in December 1947 the Empire Athelstan and we changed the name to Benalbanach in Antwerp then was on the Doran and Vrackie both Liberty"s then Bencruachan for about 4 years and last one was the Benvorlich another Empire boat, enjoyed every minute of my time on Ben Boats, the office was at 10 North St David Street Edinburgh in those days
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Hi Jim welcome aboard. I sailed with Ben Line from 1965 to 1967 as an engineer on Benvalla and then on Benvorlich for one coast trip. I will never forget the good times with the company. One day I will write about my experience on Benvorlich. There are lots of good stories here.
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EX Ben Pals,

Welcome Jim ,

We never met but iam sure we will all enjoy any tales you have to tell about ben or any other sal****er tales, I left the sea in 70 and worked in the headoffice for two years then joined the ACT group.
I remember sending some second hand Scania and ERF trucks with ACTs/Eurotreck trailers out to jeddah by main line vessel to be used on the Camel service operated by the crown v/ls. They had a stern ramp and and a passage through the accomodation if i remember and a deck mounted rail gantry crane.
I have been trying to remember some of the crews we put on those vessels but the grey matter is drying up .
Give us some of your tales we Ben lads love a good crack.

Ian Keyl.
 

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Ian.
Maybe this will moisten the grey matter regarding the"Jeddah Crown"crew when Ben Line took her over in Rotterdam after the voyage from the builders in Japan.The state of her, "builders"should have read "breakers".
Sandy Hamilton .Master.Duncan Sutherland Ch.Off.John Laws 2/Off.Can't remember 1/Off.Tim ? from Gravesend I think. Ch/Eng I think was P.Davies.2.Eng .D.Shepherd.3/Eng W.Leask.Elect.R.Crawford. Tommy Johnson Bosun.Roger Goudie AB.Angus Maciver AB.( ?) AB.Myself/Cook. Tom Henry Stwd.Gary Smith JCR.Can,t remember Motormen.Thats just off my memory after all those years.She had a Maersk badge on her funnel.painted out by the Brocklebank blue and white.The ships plans on the bulkhead were for Maersk Tempo or Tenso.Mates drove the gantry crane and Hammy did meal reliefs.Every time we stopped at sea.the ramp acted like a sail and spun us round in circles.This is only part of the Jeddah Crown story.
 

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Jim, were you the big, tall laddie in Waverley Station with the red hair? I seem to remember your name, but if it was you in Waverley, then I'd be amazed!
 
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