british Ben Line Steamers Ltd. - Thomson Wm. & Co. SS Benavon (+1940)
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1930
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 5872  grt
dimensions 129.5 x 17.1 x 8.84 m
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, 2 boilers, single shaft, 1 screw
power 576  n.h.p.
speed 12  knots
yard no. 834
IMO/Off. no. 161818
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 12/09/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.23rank: 630
about people
builder
Lithgows Ltd., Glasgow
engine by
Rankin & Blackmore, Greenock
owner
Ben Line Steamers Ltd. - Thomson Wm. & Co., Leith
captain
no. of crew 48
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entered by Vleggeert Nico
entered 06/10/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 11/09/2013
 
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Vleggeert Nico06/10/2008
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Vleggeert Nico28/02/2009On a voyage from Hongkong via South Africa to the UK, the British steamer Benavon was intercepted, shelled and sunk by German raider Pinguin. Of her complement of 48, 23 were killed.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
Lettens Jan13/07/2011SMS PINGUIN VICTIMS

The German raider Pinguin managed to sink/take as prize the following allied ships:


Sunk by mines

Millimumul, Nimbin, Cambridge and City of Rayville (the latter 2 sunk by mines laid by Passat, the captured Norwegian Storstad).

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Ben Line Steamers Ltd. - Thomson Wm. & Co., Leith

Ben Line was one of Scotland’s leading cargo liner companies which lasted in the 1990s. Although best known for their sleek cargo liners, once known as the ‘Leith yachts’ , the company also owned or managed bulk carriers, drill ships and rigs, container ships, and chemical and crude tankers.
 
 
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