Group press releases and press material

Scope and Content

Original file labelled Misc. press releases and photos. 33 press releases:

  • Ben Line change of address from 10 North St. David Street to 29 Bernard Street, Leith, 1971;
  • largest single containerised shipment made to Hong Kong, 1971;
  • announcement of the sale of Benledi, Benwyvis and Benalbanach to Italian owners, 1972;
  • new board and Far East appointments, 1972;
  • new appointments to BLC board, 1972;
  • first "Big Ben" makes maiden voyage call, 1972;
  • Benalder container ship, 1972;
  • City of Edinburgh to be launched, 1973;
  • Marine Superintendent appointed, with photograph of Captain Donald E. Ross, 1973;
  • new Ben Line manager for Singapore, 1973;
  • 1925 Minerva car on 13,000 mile journey to the east, with photograph, 1973;
  • purchase of bulk carrier Ribera, 1973;
  • Court Line Aviation and Ben Line get together, 1973;
  • new head office appointments, 1973;
  • William Walker, Bosun, retires, with photograph, 1973;
  • 3 Ben ships in North America, 1973;
  • Ben/EAC service completes first year of operation, 1973;
  • Ben/EAC service creates three firsts, with photograph, 1973;
  • micro filming installed, with photograph, 1973;
  • Ben Line order chemical tanker, 1973;
  • Simon Smith, Bosun, retires, with photograph, 1974;
  • British oil drilling and exploration company formed (BLOC/Ben-Odeco), 1974;
  • Bengloe crew collect jackpot, with photograph, 1974;
  • Ian Moyes and friend in Indonesia, with 3 photographs, 1974;
  • Pacific Class locomotive carried by heavy lift ship Benarty, with 5 photographs, 1975;
  • Benarty loading a pressure vessel, with photograph, 1975;
  • Benlawers on charter to Safmarine, with photograph, 1975;
  • Ben Line strengthens Europe - Japan operations, with photograph of Atsushi Ikeno, 1975;
  • new Director, David Walker, appointed to Ben Line board, 1975;
  • new Ben Line appointments, 1975;
  • future Ben Line HQ (33 St. Mary's Street) topped out, with contact sheet of photographs, 1976;
  • Sea Cadet Corps medal and voyage awards, with 2 photographs, 1976;
  • Ben set a fashion in freight sailing, with photograph of Joan Arts, sales representative, 1977;
  • new Ben Line master appointed, Captain Stanley Walker, 1977.

Other items kept with the press releases:  

  • 10 photographs of Black and White whisky being carried as cargo;
  • 4 photographs with attached letter of eggs carried as cargo, 1975;
  • 9 photographs of various cargo carried including Paterson's shortbread, a tractor and a train engine;
  • 2 photographs of Ben containers in transit;
  • 1 photograph of an ACT container in transit;
  • 1 photograph of Bendearg;
  • 1 photograph of Benloyal;
  • 1 photograph of a container terminal;
  • 6 photographs of various unlabelled individuals;
  • 6 photographs of a ship Master and Chief Officer inspecting lashings on unknown cargo;
  • newspaper clipping and 7 black and white negatives featuring a child standing beside a life ring withBen Line British Exhibition printed on it;
  • Lloyd International Airways press release regarding 50per cent load increase in Far East freight service, 1971;
  • presscutting from UK Shipping News announcing launch of BLC, 1972;
  • Crew Bulletin 19, 1972;
  • Crew Bulletin 20 detailing an economy campaign, 1972;
  • presscutting from Evening Standard featuring an article about containership Benalder at Southampton, 1972;
  • circular issed by Killick Martin, as Ben Line broker and London agent, announcing details of how newly introduced value added tax will affect Ben Line's Far East service, 1973;
  • March 1974 issue of Odeco Soundings featuring an article about the joint venture - Ben-Odeco- with Ben Line, 1974.