Benedict

Booth Line

Introduction

Benedict was completed in 1930 and took part in a large number of convoys and independent voyages during WW2. She survived the war and remained in service until 1961 when she was scrapped so had a service life of 31 years. During this time she had several changes in name and owner.

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Benedict - Location and date not known. [1]

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Registered owners, managers and operators Owners: Booth Steamship Co.
Builders Cammell, Laird & Co.
Yard Birkenhead
Country UK
Yard number 963
Registry N/K
Official number 161147
Signal letters N/K
Call sign GSKW
Classification society N/K
Gross tonnage 4,949
Net tonnage 3,064
Deadweight N/K
Length 408.5 ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth 53.7 ft
Depth 26.0 ft
Draught N/K
Engines Triple expansion steam engine with cylinders of bore 25½, 43½" and 78" with stroke 51".
Engine builders Cammell, Laird & Co.
Works Birkenhead
Country UK
Boilers 3 single boilers operating at 220 psi
Power 608 NHP
Propulsion Single screw
Speed 12
Cargo capacity N/K
Crew N/K

Additional Construction Information

The Lloyds Register entry for Benedict for 1945-46 has the following additional information about her:

  • She had one deck and a shelter deck plus a third deck (except in Nos 5 & 6 Holds)
  • She was fitted with radio direction-finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
15 January 1930 Launched
March 1930 Completed
1948 Name changed to Bronte and owner changed to Lamport & Holt
1950 Name changed to Muzaffer and owner changed to Cemal Muzaffer etc
1957 Name changed to Umran and owner changed to R.&A.Sadikoglu
14 February 1961 Taken to be broken up at Vigo

Service Pre WW2

I have not found any information about the service of Benedict before WW2.

Service in WW2

Benedict took part in a large number of convoys and many independent voyages during WW2 according to information shown in the table below which is provided courtesy of Convoyweb - see External. Ref. #4.

Departure Convoy/Independent Arrival
Ceara, Sep 2, 1939 Independent Marceio, Sep 5, 1939
Marceio, Sep 5, 1939 Independent Pernambuco, Sep 6, 1939
Pernambuco, Sep 22, 1939 Independent Natal, Sep 27, 1939
Natal, Oct 10, 1939 Independent
Ceara, Oct 16, 1939 Independent Maranham, Oct 18, 1939
Maranham, Oct 20, 1939 Independent Freetown, Oct 31, 1939
Freetown, Nov 8, 1939 SL.8 (Freetown - Liverpool) Liverpool, Nov 27, 1939
Liverpool, Dec 16, 1939 OB.54 (Liverpool - Dispersed) Swansea, Dec 17, 1939
Swansea, Dec 23, 1939 Independent Milford Haven, Dec 24, 1939
Milford Haven, Dec 25, 1939 OB.59 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent Marceio, Jan 13, 1940
Marceio, Jan 13, 1940 Independent Pernambuco, Jan 14, 1940
Pernambuco, Jan 31, 1940 Independent Natal, Feb 1, 1940
Natal, Feb 1, 1940 Independent Ceara, Feb 10, 1940
Ceara, Feb 16, 1940 Independent Maranham, Feb 18, 1940
Maranham, Feb 18, 1940 Independent Para, Feb 20, 1940
Para, Feb 25, 1940 Independent Lisbon, Mar 11, 1940
Lisbon, Mar 13, 1940 Independent Liverpool, Mar 18, 1940
Liverpool, Mar 22, 1940 Independent Milford Haven, Mar 23, 1940
Milford Haven, Apr 14, 1940 Independent Liverpool, Apr 15, 1940
Liverpool, Apr 16, 1940 OB.130 (Liverpool - to OG 26)
Independent Para, May 5, 1940
Para, May 7, 1940 Independent Maranham, Jun 9, 1940
Maranham, Jun 10, 1940 Independent Pernambuco, Jun 21, 1940
Pernambuco, Jun 21, 1940 Independent Ceara, Jun 23, 1940
Ceara, Jun 29, 1940 Independent Lisbon, Jul 13, 1940
Lisbon, Jul 15, 1940 Independent Leixoes, Jul 16, 1940
Leixoes, Jul 22, 1940 Independent Liverpool, Jul 29, 1940
Liverpool, Aug 19, 1940 OG.41 (M Haven - Gibraltar) Lisbon, Aug 31, 1940
Lisbon, Sep 3, 1940 Independent Freetown, Sep 16, 1940
Freetown, Sep 21, 1940 Independent Marceio, Sep 28, 1940
Marceio, Sep 28, 1940 Independent Pernambuco, Sep 29, 1940
Pernambuco, Oct 2, 1940 Independent Joao Pessoa, Oct 3, 1940
Joao Pessoa, Oct 3, 1940 Independent Natal, Oct 4, 1940
Natal, Oct 4, 1940 Independent Ceara, Oct 5, 1940
Ceara, Oct 9, 1940 Independent Maranham, Oct 11, 1940
Maranham, Oct 11, 1940 Independent Para, Oct 13, 1940
Para, Oct 15, 1940 Independent Para, Nov 13, 1940
Para, Nov 16, 1940 Independent Charleston Sc, Nov 28, 1940
Independent Boston, Dec 3, 1940
Boston, Dec 5, 1940 Independent New York, Dec 6, 1940
New York, Dec 21, 1940 Independent Halifax, Dec 24, 1940
Halifax, Jan 2, 1941 SC.18 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Jan 19, 1941
Liverpool, Feb 27, 1941 OB.291 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent Para, Mar 27, 1941
Para, Apr 2, 1941 Independent Ceara, Apr 7, 1941
Ceara, Apr 8, 1941 Independent Natal, Apr 10, 1941
Natal, Apr 25, 1941 Independent Ceara, Apr 29, 1941
Ceara, May 5, 1941 Independent Bermuda, May 20, 1941
Bermuda, May 20, 1941 Independent Halifax, May 24, 1941
Halifax, Jun 1, 1941 HX.130 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Jun 20, 1941
Liverpool, Jul 11, 1941 OB.345 (Liverpool - Halifax)
Independent New York, Jul 29, 1941
New York, Aug 11, 1941 Independent Halifax, Aug 14, 1941
Halifax, Aug 16, 1941 HX.145 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Aug 31, 1941
Liverpool, Sep 19, 1941 ON.18 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent Para, Nov 11, 1941
Para, Nov 16, 1941 Independent Hampton Roads, Nov 28, 1941
Hampton Roads, Dec 2, 1941 Independent Halifax, Dec 6, 1941
Halifax, Dec 8, 1941 HX.164 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Dec 24, 1941
Liverpool, Jan 23, 1942 ON.59 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent Pernambuco, Feb 20, 1942
Pernambuco, Mar 6, 1942 Independent Ceara, Mar 12, 1942
Ceara, Mar 17, 1942 Independent Maranham, Mar 20, 1942
Maranham, Mar 21, 1942 Independent Para, Mar 22, 1942
Para, Mar 29, 1942 Independent Halifax, Apr 12, 1942
Halifax, Apr 17, 1942 SC.80 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, May 3, 1942
Liverpool, Jun 1, 1942 OS.30 (Liverpool - Freetown)
Independent Pernambuco, Jun 24, 1942
Pernambuco, Jul 6, 1942 Independent Marceio, Jul 9, 1942
Marceio, Jul 9, 1942 Independent Santos, Jul 15, 1942
Santos, Jul 18, 1942 Independent Rio De Janeiro, Jul 19, 1942
Rio De Janeiro, Jul 22, 1942 Independent Ceara, Aug 1, 1942
Ceara, Aug 5, 1942 Independent Maranham, Aug 8, 1942
Maranham, Aug 9, 1942 Independent Para, Aug 11, 1942
Para, Aug 15, 1942 Independent Freetown, Aug 28, 1942
Freetown, Sep 3, 1942 SL.121 (Freetown - Liverpool) Liverpool, Sep 21, 1942
Liverpool, Nov 6, 1942 Independent Clyde, Nov 7, 1942
Clyde, Nov 8, 1942 KMS.3G (Clyde - Bone) Algiers, Nov 24, 1942
Algiers, Dec 14, 1942 ET.5 (Bone - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Dec 16, 1942
Gibraltar, Dec 26, 1942 MKS.4 (Bone - Liverpool) Liverpool, Jan 6, 1943
Liverpool, Jan 31, 1943 Independent Clyde, Feb 2, 1943
Clyde, Feb 26, 1943 KMS.10G (Clyde - Bone) Algiers, Mar 10, 1943
Algiers, Mar 19, 1943 TE.19 (Gibraltar - Bone) Bone, Mar 20, 1943
Bone, Mar 28, 1943 ET.16 (Bone - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Apr 1, 1943
Gibraltar, Apr 12, 1943 SL.127 (Freetown - Liverpool) Liverpool, Apr 24, 1943
Liverpool, Jun 10, 1943 Independent Clyde, Jun 12, 1943
Clyde, Jun 24, 1943 KMS.18B (Clyde - Op Husky) Op. Husky, Jul 10, 1943
Tripoli, Jul 17, 1943 MKS.18 (Tripoli, Libya - Gibraltar) Algiers, Jul 21, 1943
Algiers, Aug 21, 1943 KMS.23 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Philippeville, Aug 22, 1943
Philippeville, Sep 5, 1943 UGS.15 (Hampton Rds - Port Said) Malta, Sep 8, 1943
Malta, Sep 9, 1943 TSS.4 (Malta - Salerno) Salerno, Sep 11, 1943
Malta, Sep 11, 1943 not reported Malta, Sep 20, 1943
Malta, Sep 23, 1943 KMS.26 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Tripoli, Sep 24, 1943
Tripoli, Sep 30, 1943 not reported Malta, Oct 1, 1943
Malta, Oct 17, 1943 UGS.19 (Hampton Rds - Port Said) Alexandria, Oct 22, 1943
Alexandria, Nov 3, 1943 MKS.30 (Port Said - Gibraltar) Augusta, Nov 7, 1943
Augusta, Nov 11, 1943 AH.8A (Augusta - Bari) Bari, Nov 13, 1943
Bari, Nov 19, 1943 HA.9 (Bari - Augusta) Augusta, Nov 21, 1943
Augusta, Nov 22, 1943 GUS.22 (Port Said - Hampton Rds) Bizerta, Nov 24, 1943
Bizerta, Nov 29, 1943 MKS.32 (Port Said - Gibraltar) Bougie, Nov 30, 1943
Bougie, Dec 4, 1943 UGS.24 (Hampton Rds - Port Said) Catania, Dec 8, 1943
not reported Augusta, Dec 10, 1943
Catania, Dec 10, 1943 not reported
Augusta, Dec 14, 1943 Escorted Bizerta, Dec 16, 1943
Bizerta, Dec 18, 1943 MKS.34 (Port Said - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Dec 24, 1943
Gibraltar, Jan 1, 1944 Independent Burriana, Jan 3, 1944
Burriana, Jan 6, 1944 Independent Gibraltar, Jan 8, 1944
Gibraltar, Jan 11, 1944 MKS.36G (Gibraltar - r/v WITH SL 145)
SL.145MK (r/v SL 145/MKS 36 - Liverpool) Avonmouth, Jan 24, 1944
Independent Cardiff, Feb 27, 1944
Avonmouth, Feb 27, 1944 Independent
Cardiff, Mar 12, 1944 Independent Belfast Lough, Mar 13, 1944
Belfast Lough, Mar 15, 1944 OS.71KM (Liverpool - Convoy Split) Clyde, Mar 21, 1944
Clyde, Apr 3, 1944 OS.73KM (Liverpool - Convoy Split)
Independent Rio De Janeiro, May 6, 1944
Rio De Janeiro, May 18, 1944 Independent Paranagua, May 20, 1944
Paranagua, May 25, 1944 Independent Santos, May 26, 1944
Santos, Jun 3, 1944 Independent Rio De Janeiro, Jun 4, 1944
Rio De Janeiro, Jun 5, 1944 JT.34 (Rio - Trinidad)
Independent Freetown, Jun 24, 1944
Freetown, Jul 1, 1944 SL.163 (Freetown - r/v WITH MKS 54)
SL.163MK (r/v SL 163/MKS 54 - Liverpool) Liverpool, Jul 22, 1944
Liverpool, Oct 4, 1944 OS.91KM (Liverpool - Convoy Split)
Independent Para, Oct 22, 1944
Para, Oct 24, 1944 Independent Maranham, Oct 26, 1944
Maranham, Oct 28, 1944 Independent Ceara, Oct 29, 1944
Ceara, Oct 31, 1944 Independent Pernambuco, Nov 4, 1944
Pernambuco, Nov 7, 1944 Independent Marceio, Nov 13, 1944
Marceio, Nov 13, 1944 Independent Rio De Janeiro, Nov 17, 1944
Rio De Janeiro, Nov 25, 1944 Independent Santos, Nov 26, 1944
Santos, Dec 2, 1944 Independent Paranagua, Dec 6, 1944
Paranagua, Dec 11, 1944 Independent Rio De Janeiro, Dec 13, 1944
Rio De Janeiro, Dec 14, 1944 Independent Pernambuco, Dec 19, 1944
Pernambuco, Dec 23, 1944 Independent Freetown, Dec 31, 1944
Freetown, Jan 2, 1945 Independent Casablanca, Jan 14, 1945
Casablanca, Jan 15, 1945 MKS.77G (Gibraltar - Liverpool) Downs, Jan 23, 1945
Southend, Feb 17, 1945 TBC.72 (Southend - M Haven) Milford Haven, Feb 21, 1945
Milford Haven, Feb 21, 1945 MH.31/2 (M Haven - Clyde) Liverpool, Feb 22, 1945
Liverpool, Mar 8, 1945 OS.115KM (Downs - Convoy Split)
Independent Marceio, Apr 1, 1945
Marceio, Apr 1, 1945 Independent Pernambuco, Apr 5, 1945
Pernambuco, Apr 27, 1945 Independent Ceara, May 2, 1945
Ceara, May 6, 1945 Independent Maranham, May 12, 1945
Maranham, May 14, 1945 Independent Para, May 16, 1945
Para, Jun 1, 1945 Independent Trinidad, Jun 5, 1945
Trinidad, Jun 7, 1945 Independent
St. Lucia, Jun 9, 1945 Independent
Barbados, Jun 14, 1945 Independent Barbados, Jun 19, 1945
Independent Liverpool, Jul 1, 1945

Service post WW2

I not found any information about the service of Benedict after WW2 apart from an account of a voyage by Stan Mayes that can be found on the Benjidog Recollections website HERE.

After several changes of name and ownership, Benedict was taken to Vigo to be broken up in 1961.

Image Credits

  1. By courtesy of Stan Mayes (photo digitally enhanced by Brian Watson)