War service correspondence (WW2)

Scope and Content

  • Requisitioned and managed ships correspondence files, 1939-1947;
  • Reports from Masters and crew of lost or damaged ships, 1940-1945;
  • Crew changes correspondence, 1942-1943;
  • Naval message from Benalbanach following torpedo attack and notification of capture of Bennevis by Japan, 1942-1943;
  • Ministry of Pensions correspondence, 1942-1945;
  • Pension award notices, 1943-1945;
  • Correspondence received from the Admiralty, 1943-1945;
  • Crew changes correspondence, 1944-1945;
  • Prisoner of war correspondence, 1945.

Administrative / Biographical History

During the Second World War, The Ben Line managed 13 ships for the British Government:  

Most of the Ben fleet were requisitioned under the liner requisition scheme during this period. In total, 14 Ben Line ships were lost during the war, and in such cases reports from Masters and crew of the lost ships were filed, and the process of contacting next of kin began. This process also dealt with pension awards to be made to crew or next of kin. When crew were captured as prisoners of war, correspondence from organisations such as the Red Cross informed Ben Line's head office in Edinburgh of the whereabouts and fate of the crew.


Arranged chronologically within record subfonds.