The “Benmacdhui” was built in the early months of 1948 at Charles Connell’s yard on the Clyde for Ben Line…
The first of four identical sisters, with a gross tonnage of 7846 (11470 d.w.) service speed of 16 knots, for U.K.-continent – Far Eastern ports.
Jim Morrison also wrote:
I joined her in 1956 and whilst on leave, she collided with a Dutch coaster in the North Sea, sinking her with loss of lives.
Then diverted to Middlesbrough, to effect repairs to her bow plates.
Next trip we got as far as the Port Said anchorage in Suez, when war broke out and we were that close, that the jets could be plainly seen bombing the obstacles in the Suez Canal, so they sent us back round Africa up the Indian Ocean to Penang, a voyage of 43 days.
She carried general cargo and heavy lifts, and we once carried a yacht with us for the Sultan of Johore.
After 24 years in service she was broken up in Dalmuir Scotland in 1972.
Good luck mate……..
Kind Regards Jim Morrison
Jim also kindly gave Gordon a set of photographs taken from a bulk carrier ship in a Coral Sea Typhoon while en route to Mackay, very impressive shots and potentially useful one day. You can see what we mean if you look at warships / HMS St Brides Bay.
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