Ronald Brownlie ex Bank Line '55-'63

CraigB
25th December 2007, 13:12
Hello all,

I am writing on behalf of my father, Ronald Brownlie From Greenock, who was an Engineer with Bank Line for 8 years from around 1955. He served on a number of ships, two of which I remember were the Pinebank and Forresbank. He was awarded the Queens Commendation for Bravery for his actions during an Engine Room fire on the Forresbank, which subsequently sank.

He'd love to hear from anyone who remembers him or the ships of the time and is keen to find some photos of the people and ships. Any advice on other groups or sites would also be welcome.

Thanks

Craig

K urgess
25th December 2007, 13:21
Wlecome aboard and Season's Greetings to you and your father, Craig.
I was with Bankline but a few years after your father.
I'm sure someone will remember the ships of the time if not him.
Find your way around the ship and enjoy the voyage

CraigB
25th December 2007, 13:55
Hello Marconi,

Seasons greetings to you. I tried to encourage my dad to go online and try all of these sites for himself but it just finds it a bit difficult too learn without someone in the know at hand to help him.

I take it from your username that you were a Radio Officer, it's a proffesion I nearly joined. I was offered an apprenticeship but turned it down when the BBC offered me the chance to play with bigger radio's in their transmitter dept.

It's a great site and reading some of the entries makes me nostalgic for the life on the wave that I missed out on. Keep up the good work.

Regards

Craig

benjidog
25th December 2007, 18:31
Welcome from Lancashire.

I hope you will enjoy the site and find some of your father's former colleagues.

Regards,

Brian

ken dag
3rd January 2008, 14:09
Hi Craig
Sent all my info on fire to Brian Lucy to forward to you, do you have names of father's ships before and after fire
regards Ken dag

CraigB
3rd January 2008, 17:22
Hello Ken,

Thank you for the information on the Forresbank fire, I've printed it out and dad got a copy today. Interestingly he's sure that the newspaper photo showing "rescuers heading towards the smoking freighter" is actually the crew about to be picked up by rescue ships having taken to the lifeboats themselves.

I've just checked with him and he was on three bank line ships, his first was the Forresbank, then Myrtlebank and the Pinebank was his last. I think he said he moved to "Paddy Henderson's" after that.

Regards

Craig

ken dag
13th March 2008, 11:32
Hi Craig
Further to my previous
The Official report of Court of Inquiry of Forresbank Fire published by HMSO is No. 8008 (12 pages)
You should try the archives of large Library reference section or local Maritime Museum. I recently came across report in Southampton Library.

ian d.cameron
13th March 2008, 15:31
FORRESBANK
http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=6270

MYRTLEBANK
http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz/ship/show/76536
http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20M/slides/Myrtlebank-01.html

PINEBANK
http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz/ship/show/153967
http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20P/slides/Pinebank-01.html

Alan Rawlinson
13th December 2008, 16:36
Hallo CraigB

My friend John Beale was 2nd mate at the time of the fire, and was in charge of one of the lifeboats. He has a colour cine film of the ship burning, taken from the lifeboats - it's short but quite spectacular.

Can give you an email address if you would like to get in touch - I guess your Dad would remember him after what they went through!

Plse let me know

Alan Rawlinson

Alan Rawlinson
17th December 2008, 08:48
Pleased to see your Dad was in touch with John Beale yesterday - after 50 plus years!

Great to see the power of the internet and SN!

Cheers // Alan



UOTE=Alan Rawlinson;273102]Hallo CraigB

My friend John Beale was 2nd mate at the time of the fire, and was in charge of one of the lifeboats. He has a colour cine film of the ship burning, taken from the lifeboats - it's short but quite spectacular.

Can give you an email address if you would like to get in touch - I guess your Dad would remember him after what they went through!

Plse let me know

Alan Rawlinson[/QUOTE]

Charlie Stitt
28th December 2008, 17:06
My first trip as Apprentice was on the Myrtlebank, joined May 1955 and we went tramping for 14 months. The Old Man was L W Thorne and the C/E was a Scot by the name of Mc Laren. Your Dad may have been this Chief's relief when we paid off in Hamburg July 1956.