Benledi VI

Scope and Content

  • 2 black and white photographs (each with individual annotation) of an illustration of the ship passing a container ship heading in the other direction at sea, c 1970;
  • 1 black and white photograph of a painting of the ship at sea;
  • 2 black and white photographs of ship launching, 1965;
  • 3 black and white photographs of guests at launching ceremony, 1965;
  • 1 black and white photograph of a man in a captain's uniform feeding a lady an item of food from a can;
  • 6 black and white photographs of ship being built, 1 with attached explanatory note, 1965;
  • 4 black and white photographs of ship at sea;
  • 3 black and white photographs of ship in dock;
  • 4 colour photographs of ship anchored and in dock;
  • 5 black and white photographs showing the ship's interior and deck equipment;
  • 6 black and white photographs of the ship at Antwerp: loading cars and the ship's deck, swimming pool and crane;
  • 4 black and white photographs of cars carried by the ship;
  • 1 black and white photograph of pineapples being loaded on ship at Singapore, with attached note;
  • 1 black and white photograph of "cargo being loaded into centre of triple hatch";
  • 1 black and white photograph of ship in dock and barrels beside it;
  • 1 black and white photograph of a Ben Ellerman open crate beside the ship in dock;
  • 8 black and white photographs of unidentified guests in formal dress at an event onboard the ship;
  • 1 black and white photograph of Benledi II in dock at Hong Kong;
  • 1 black and white photograph of Benledi IV at sea;
  • 2 black and white photographs of Benledi V at sea;
  • 2 black and white photographs of Benledi VII at sea;
  • 1 black and white photograph of Benledi VII passing under the Forth Bridge, with attached contact sheet of 6 images of ship passing Forth Bridge;
  • 2 colour postcards of the ship: 1 at sea and 1 in dock;
  • 1 colour transparency of ship at sea;
  • 1 black and white negative of Benledi V at sea;
  • 1 colour transparency of a lady looking into a mirror in a ship cabin;
  • 1 black and white image of the ship in dock beside loading cranes on thin card with a Securitas advertisement on the rear;
  • 1 card folder with "Funnell Dyson & Gregory Ltd" on the front, containing yellow, magenta, cyan and black proofs of an image of the ship at sea to be used in making a colour image of the ship identical to the one that features in postcards of the ship, a final proof image of which is also included. Also contains sample text of a description of Benarty IV for a publication;
  • 1 maiden voyage card, 1965;
  • letter from Ben Line Steamers Ltd, Kuala Lumpur, to Wm Thomson & Co regarding publicity photographs of ship, 1974;
  • document headed "Ship No. 505 - M.V. Benledi", detailing technical specifications of ship;
  • list of Benledi crew, c 1963;
  • Memorandum to M. F. Strachan regarding Benledi publicity, with attached draft press release for ship's maiden voyage, a document detailing proposed comments to be incorporated into the Ben Line chairman's remarks on launching Benledi, and a document describing the general arrangement and specifications of the ship, c 1965;
  • document headed with Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd detailing technical operations of the ship's controls;
  • document detailing a general description of the ship, headed "General Description - 2 1/2 Ton Transporter, Benledi";
  • document detailing a general description of ship's machinery;
  • letter from Charles Connel & Co (shipbuilders) to Ben Line with attached list of guests to be invited to ship launch, 1965;
  • draft maiden voyage reception invite letter from Wm Thomson & Co / Ben Line, 1965;
  • document detailing members of Ben Line staff who were to attend ship launch, 1965;
  • circular letter for distribution to various internal and external bodies regarding entertainment for the ship's maiden voyage, 1965;
  • circular document detailing arrangements for press reception aboard ship, 1965;
  • press release "record voyage to Singapore by British cargo liner", 1966;
  • letter from Skyfotos sent with proof photographs of ship, 1965;
  • press pack for ship launch, with "M. F. S." written on the cover, 1965;
  • 1 copy of The Royals Vol. 2. No. 2., publication issued by The Royal Docks Association, featuring an article about Benledi;
  • 1 promotional booklet for the ship with a white cover with the red Ben Line flag logo;
  • 1 reprinted article titled Benledi - First of New Class of High Speed Cargo Liners, from Shipping World & Shipbuilder, August 1965;
  • 1 press cutting containing an article about why the Ben Line builds ships in Britain from Shipbuilding and Shipping Record, July 1965;
  • draft press release about the launch of Benledi with handwritten annotations, c 1965.