Records of Benmarine Limited, shipping company, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • General operational correspondence and documentation, 1975-1993;
  • National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) correspondence, 1980-1992;
  • Adjustment of general and particular average per managed ship Grey Hunter, 1981;
  • Grey Hunter general arrangement plan, c1974;
  • Photographs - managed ships, 1975-c1980s;
  • Brochures and leaflets, 1974-c1989;
  • Merchant Shipping Notices, 1970-1993;
  • Instructions issued to sea staff, 1987-1991;
  • Benmarine Company Circular Folios, 1990-1992;
  • Ship stationary, c1970s-1991;
  • Photocopy of address book, c1970s-1992;
  • East Asiatic Company handover documentation, 1991-1993.

Administrative / Biographical History

Benmarine Limited has its origin in Ben Line Ship Management Ltd, incorporated in 1972. This was a joint venture between Ben Line and Galbraith Wrightson Ltd who were specialists in insurance, ship sale and purchase, broking, shipping finance and research. Ben Line Ship Management provided crewing, superintending and operational services for shipowners. During this time it managed ships including :  Vianna,  Grey Fighter,  Grey Hunter,  Grey Warrior and  Jeddah Crown.

In 1987 the company was renamed Benmarine Limited, and its remit expanded to include marine consultancy and commericial management and finance as well as ship management. At this point in 1987, the management of the Ben Line Group of companies appears to have been passed to Benmarine with the Lloyd's shipping register showing a change from Wm Thomson & Co as owners and managers of the Ben Line fleet to Benmarine Limited assuming these roles.

In 1992 Benmarine oversaw the sale and transfer of technical management of all of the Ben Line Group's assets, including remaining container ships, to The East Asiatic Company Limited. At this point the company ceased to operate, and it was formally dissolved in 2000.

Access Information

Some files in this collection are subject to Data Protection legislation as they contain sensitive information. These records will not be fully accessible to the public until 100 years from the date on each file. However, they may be accessible to bona fide researchers and academics. Please contact the Duty Archivist for advice on how to apply for access to these files. Contact details are as follows: Duty Archivist, Archive Services, University of Glasgow, 13 Thurso Street, Glasgow, G11 6PE.

Acquisition Information

Gift : E G Thomson (Holdings) Ltd : June 2013 : ACCN 3773

Gift : E G Thomson (Holdings) Ltd : February 2013 : ACCN 3744

Transfer : Edinburgh University Library : June 2006 : ACCN 2949

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures

Custodial History

All Materials held by Ben Line Group Limited until it was wound down in 2000. Thereafter transfered to and held by E G Thomson (Holdings) Ltd until deposit at GUAS, with exception of ACCN 2949, containing voyage account books and voyage account boxes, which were held by Edinburgh University Library until transfer to GUAS in 2006.


None expected

Related Material

Records of associated Ben Line Group companies in GB 248 UGC 199

Location of Originals

This material is original


Somner, G.Ben Line: Fleet List and Short History. Kendal, England: World Ship Society , 1st edition 1967 , 2nd edition 1980 .Strachan, M.The Ben Line 1825-1982. Norwich: Michael Russell , 1992 .Somner, G.Ben Line. Preston: Ships in Focus Publications , 2009 .

Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Fonds level description compiled by .

Family Names