ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
BEN AVON
Construction
IRON
Type
STEAMER, CARGO
Date
1875
Official Number
70440
Description
Yard Number: 195

Description: 1 deck, 2 masts, schooner rigged, round stern, clencher built, no galleries or figurehead, iron frame. Screw steamer, 2 engines, inverted direct acting compound, made by Hall Russell & Co., Aberdeen. Diameter of cylinders 24" x 40" stroke 2'6", 72hp.
(Source: Aberdeen Register of Shipping (Aberdeen City Archives))

The Times April 19, 1877:
'The steamer Benavon, which sailed on the 12th Inst. from Dantsic, with grain, for London, sank on the mud near Southend. Tugs and lighters have been sent to her assistance. She is an iron screw steamer of 80 nominal horse power, 402 tons net, and 632 tons gross She has five bulkheads, and was built by Messrs. Hall, Russell, and Co., of Aberdeen, in 1875. She is owned by Mess. J. and A. Davidson, of Aberdeen. She is classed 90A.I. at Lloyd's, and is partly insured at Lloyd's.'

1884 Master J. Scorgie.

Sold in February 1886 to the Grampian Steamship Co. Ltd.

4 May 1888 stranded near Lemvig, Denmark while on passage from the Tyne and became a total loss.

Freeman's Journal (Dublin), 4/10/1875:
BEN AVON, steamer, arrived Dublin 1 Oct. with wheat from Danzig.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 18/10/1876:
12 Oct. BEN AVON, steamer, Jaffray master, left Bantgo 9 Oct. for London.

Dundee Courier, 1/11/1882:
BEN AVON, steamer, of Aberdeen, from Rotterdam for the Baltic, struck on Massiuins Bard 20 Oct. when leaving & damaged her rudder. She put back with assistance 30 Oct. leaking badly.

Freeman's Journal, 10/1/1884:
BEN AVON, steamer, of Aberdeen, was towed into Stornoway, having lost propeller.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 21/1/1884:
Greatest anxiety was last night felt in seafaring circles in Aberdeen for safety of steamer BEN AVON, a telegram having been received from Scrabster that steam tug BENACHIE, which left Stornoway Saturday morning with disabled vessel in tow, has put into Scrabster, having cast off her charge due to severe gale & heavy sea. Nothing has since been heard of BEN AVON. BEN AVON's propeller was destroyed off Cape Wrath on 4 Jan. on voyage Liverpool-Aberdeen. Capt. Scrogie succeeded under canvas in reaching broad bay & was ultimately towed into Stornoway.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 26/1/1884:
BEN AVON has arrived in Orkney Islands in safety. Vessel left Stornoway Saturday morning in charge of steam tug BENACHIE to be towed to Aberdeen. All went well until Sunday morning when, because of severe gale & heavy sea, the vessels parted company. Telegram from Capt. Scorgie of BEN AVON stated he had arrived at Longhope, island of Walls, in tow of steam tug Granite City, BENACHIE being alongside. When steamer's tow rope broke in Thurso Bay, sea was so rough & night so dark that those on board the tug could not see the ship.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 2/2/1884:
Steamer BEN AVON, after a series of mishaps, arrived Aberdeen Tuesday in tow. They reached Aberdeen in 20 hours from Longhope. BEN AVON was taken alongside the "Shears" to have her propeller shaft lifted & will then be put on slip at A. Hall & Co.'s yard for repair.
Owner
J & A Davidson, Aberdeen
Shipbuilder
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
Dimensions
length 188' 9" x breadth 26' 2" x depth 14' 4"
Gross Tonnage: 632 ton

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