Ben of the Bencoolen
This is Bill’s ninth (and last) book and traces a boy’s sailing career in sloops and ketches, a trip to India on an East Indiaman and finally, he is wrecked at the entrance to Bude harbour on the ‘Bencoolen’. Bob Grimson has produced two fine paintings for the front and rear covers. ‘Bencoolen’ is derived from Benhulen, a harbour on the island of Sumatra, used as a base by the Dutch and ships of the East India Company. There are several ships of the same name but ours was built in New Brunswick and was only seven years old at the time of its wreck in 1862.