Allan Dodds, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire,
Photo taken around 1961
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Thank you to Allan Dodds for
allowing me to reproduce this photograph of one of the Ben Line vessels
that he took at Leith Docks around 1961.
"Here is a picture of one of the Ben Line's
ships anchored at Leith Docks around 1961.
My uncle was employed at the Ben Line's
offices in Queen Street and his job was to select crew members."
"One of the Ben Line Captains
cultivated my uncle, and our family were often invited to dinner with him
on board a number of these ships.
My best memory is of the freshly-baked dinner
rolls produced by the Chinese chefs. Compared to the Scottish baps that we
were used to, they were simply out of this world!
My uncle was kept sweet by these regular
invitations and the Captain thereby managed to persuade him to choose the
crew that he himself wanted, rather than the one that might have been
foisted on him by my Uncle using Ben Line's criteria."
Allan Dodds, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England;
November 9, 2011 (3 emails)
George C McDowall
Thank you to
George C McDowall who saw the photo above of SS Benhiant taken at Leith
Docks in 1961, and wrote
"I was 2nd electrician on board SS Benhiant
when this photo was taken in 1961.
I did a coast and deep sea voyage to the Far
East, but left after one voyage. The Chief and i did not get on.
I called him a few names; he was from Liverpool.
The ship was a bit of a rust bucket, I
put my hand through the bottom
of one of the winches on the main deck"
George C Mcdowall, Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland: March 5, 2015