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Photographer:Gerolf Drebes [View profile]Title:BencruachanAdded:Sep 23, 2007
Photo Category: General cargo ships built 1960-1969 (Over 3000gt)
British Ben Line general cargo ship Bencruachan, bt. 1968, gt. 12094, downstream river elbe on 23.3.1978, she was broken up on 3.5.1980 at the young age of 12 years, very sad.
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Technical Data
Vessel type:General Cargo
Gross tonnage:12,092 tons
Summer DWT:14,885 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1968
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stumps on Jan 29, 2008 16:19 (10 years ago)
I saw the "BENCRUACHAN" after she was patched up in Durban for the voyage to U.K., - She looked like a bird with a broken beak. The 2nd mate who was on watch thought they'd had it when he saw this almighty wall of water coming at them. He had the sense to hold the helm amids and aim for the centre - two plates were holding No.1 and the f'c'sle to the rest of the ship port and starboard. Speaks volumes for Copnnell's workmanship. Oh, Ben loved turbine ships :-D
Ian Clarke on Oct 08, 2007 22:47 (10 years ago)
It is interesting to note ss Bencruachan was the last steam turbine general cargo ship built for the British merchant navy and also the last of thirty ships built for Ben Line by Charles Connell at Scotstoun before they became part of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders who built mv Benlawers.
Castlescot on Nov 15, 2005 23:14 (12 years ago)
Are you able to find me some information regarding the DAL vessel Taveta which was on fire with the loss of life in the Bay of Biscay sometime during the 1970's.
Castlescot on Nov 15, 2005 23:09 (12 years ago)
You are correct, I was based in Durban with Deutsche Afrika Linen at the time, she was towed into Durban harbour. Entered Dry Dock for about three months then sailed to Germany where she was lengthened and a new hold fitted.
With Kind Regards,
Holger Jaschob on Apr 04, 2005 11:55 (13 years ago)
I found the information. It was almost in summer of 1973 when the vessel was struck by a freak wave southeast off Durban. At a length of 30 metres the hull deviated abt. 5 metres. Fortunately she didn't sink.
The other vessel was NEPTUN SAPPHIRE on her maiden voyage from Europe to the Far East. She was struck on 01.08.1973 off the East coast of South Africa by a freak wave. The foreship including hatch no. 1 was torn off the hull at a lenght of abt. 60 metres.

Holger Jaschob on Mar 30, 2005 13:13 (13 years ago)
Didn't she suffer severe hull damage from a freak wave that year in 1978? I think I have an article about this case in an old German shipping magazine. Her hull twisted up to an angle of 15 till the middle of hatch no.2. But she didn't sink!

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