Voyage account books

Scope and Content

Voyage account books for steam ships owned by the company. Each volume typically records: voyage number, voyage date(s), ports of call, costs expended on stores, victualling, repairs, pilotage, insurance, crew wages (includes name and rank) and earnings from cargo carried. A net profit or loss for each voyage is recorded. The first volume for each ship in most cases contains details of ship's 'first cost' and the ship's particulars at the front. Captains are named for most of the voyages throughout the series. Details of each captain's account with the owners can be found at the back of most volumes as listed.

For ships and time periods:  

  • Benalder I, 1881-1894;
  • Benalder II, 1895-1919;
  • Benarty I, 1876-1890;
  • Benarty II, 1902-1918;
  • Benavon I, 1905-1920;
  • Bencleuch III, 1900-1919;
  • Bendoran I, 1907-1919;
  • Bengloe I, 1878-1894;
  • Bengloe II, 1895-1914;
  • Benlarig I, 1881-1903;
  • Benlarig II, 1904-1917;
  • Benlawers I, 1887-1903;
  • Benlawers II, 1905-1918;
  • Benledi I, 1871-1887;
  • Benledi II, 1892-1904;
  • Benledi III, 1904-1919;
  • Benlomond I, 1890-1910;
  • Benlomond II, 1911-1918;
  • Benmohr I, 1893-1911;
  • Benmohr II, 1912-1914;
  • Benmohr III, 1917-1919;
  • Benrinnes I, 1914-1919;
  • Benvenue I, 1883-1903;
  • Benvenue II, 1904-1919;
  • Benvorlich I, 1896-1915.

Administrative / Biographical History

These voyage account books accounted for the Ben Line fleet when each ship was maintained as a single business entity before The Ben Line Steamers was incorporated in 1919, ending one-ship accounting.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by ship name within record series.