The Garrybank

Dunkwa
19th January 2009, 23:54
I stood by the above ship in Belfast as R/O circa 1959 and sailed on her on sea trials and did the coastal loading trip ending up in London where I left. She was loaded for the Persian Gulf if I recall. I often wondered what eventually happened to her. Is there a crew list around or any one got a potted history of what happened to her. If I recall correctly the skippers name was Williamson. As regards R/O's not being listed on the crew lists its probably because they were not employees of Bank Line as such.

Alistair Macnab
20th January 2009, 16:55
"Garrybank"
The fifth in the "Cloverbank" class from Belfast. Fine ships. I sailed on two of her sisters. Great for bulk cargoes and generals although once or twice a heavier jumbo derrick would have been useful. I stood by in Belfast three times, twice on new buildings and once when the ship returned there to sort out the problem with scavenge fires. "Garrybank" spent her life engaged on most of Weir's liner and tramp trades and was not assigned to any particular route.
Story was that if Weir's through Chadwick Weirs as brokers were asked to provide a ship for a particular fixture they could get one to make the laydays anywhere in the world in 14 days. Also, the ships were all "standard" in that they could load much the same amount of cargo whether they were built by Harland' or Doxford's. 55 near sister ships. the "specialist" ships came later, the exceptions being the six-tank "copra boats".


I stood by the above ship in Belfast as R/O circa 1959 and sailed on her on sea trials and did the coastal loading trip ending up in London where I left. She was loaded for the Persian Gulf if I recall. I often wondered what eventually happened to her. Is there a crew list around or any one got a potted history of what happened to her. If I recall correctly the skippers name was Williamson. As regards R/O's not being listed on the crew lists its probably because they were not employees of Bank Line as such.

garrybank1967
7th July 2009, 22:55
I sailed on the Garrybank, between August 1967 and November 1968 as the Marconi Radio Officer. She was on the "Orient-Africa Express" run. Can't remember the exact ports of call, but the route went some like :

Hong Kong - Japanese coast (four or five ports) - Philippines - Singapore - Port Swettenham - Bangkok - Sihanoukville in Cambodia - Mauritius - Reunion - Mombasa- Lourenco Marques - Durban,East London,Port Elizabeth, Capetown then back round the SA coast and straight back to Singapore, and Hong Kong to start the "tour" again. Each tour took 5 months and you did three tours in your engagement.

Needless to say, we had such a good time on this run that several of the guys signed on for a "double header" of 30 months!

A great ship, a great trip with many happy memories, and undoubtedly my favourite ship....hence the user name!

Can't remember many of the names, but I'm sure the Master was Captain Barber.

I remember seeing a photo of her under Chinese ownership in a South African port in her later years.

Cheers, Robin Tannahill

johnb42
8th July 2009, 00:47
I remember seeing the Garrybank on the East African coast '70 or '71. She had Chinese crew and was employed on the Africa - Far East (or Far East - Africa) Line then. I remember that she wasn't particularly well looked after, compared to the Indian/Bangladeshi crewed ships.

Roger Jordan
8th July 2009, 16:35
You might be interested in this specification, brief history and some voyages of GARRYBANK.

Built Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast, ship number 1552
Official number 300195
Signal letters GWQS
As built:
6453 tons gross, 3640 tons net, 10,161 tons deadweight (open shelterdeck)
8694 tons gross, 4145 tons net, 12,335 tons deadweight (closed shelterdeck)
Length overall 483ft 4in, breadth 62ft 9in, draught 26ft 0in (as open shelterdeck)
Fitted with 6-cylinder Harland & Wolff/B&W oil engine, 6700bhp
Service speed 15 knots
In 1965 remeasured to:
6443 tons gross, 3645 tons net, 10,161 tons deadweight (open shelterdeck)
In 1967 with tonnage measurement rule changes, tonnages became:
6307 tons gross, 3619 tons net, 10,272 tons deadweight (open shelterdeck)
8571 tons gross, 5054 tons net, 12,335 tons deadweight (closed shelterdeck)
Draught remeasured to 26ft 2in (open), 29ft 3in (closed)
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Brief history
27.12.57 launched
2.4.58 delivered to Bank Line Ltd (manager Andrew Weir & Co Ltd, London)
1965 tonnage changes (see above)
1967 tonnage changes (see above)
1974 sold Lee Lai Maritime SA, Panama (Panama flag) (manager Tai Lai Steamship Co Ltd, Taipei)
1976 sold Chi Ho Navigation SA, Panama (Panama flag) (manager Chi Yuen Navigation Co Ltd, Taipei)
28.8.79 arrived Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to be broken up
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Some voyages (data extracted from Lloyd’s Shipping Index)
14.8.58 left Calcutta for Ecuador, and left Cape Town 5.10.58
15.4.59 left Cape Town for Mombasa
10.2.60 left Galveston for Adelaide, and passed Panama Canal 20.2.60
26.3.61 left Yokohama for Cape Town, arr Bangkok 18.4.61
15.6.62 left Kobe for Cape Town, arrived Port Swettenham 31.7.62
23.4.63 left Yokohama for Cape Town, and left Sagay 8.5.63
29.8.63 arrived Kaohsiung on voyage from Cape Town for Yokohama
28.12.63 left Durban for Yokohama, and left Singapore 9.2.64
13.8.64 left Yokohama for Cape Town, and left Beira 27.10.64
17.11.64 left Cape Town for Japan, and arr Singapore Roads 30.12.64
24.1.65 left Osaka for Cape Town, and left Port Elizabeth 4.5.65
15.10.65 left Cape Town for Far East, and arr Durban 22.10.65
20.12.65 left Moji for Mombasa, and reported in 25 42S 44 26E, 28.2.66 pm
17.8.66 left Cape Town for Far East, and left Mombasa 14.9.66
29.10.66 left Yokohama for Mombasa, arr Durban 1.2.67
22.3.67 left Moji for Mombasa, arr Lourenco Marques 6.6.67
15.12.67 left Yokohama for Mombasa
19.6.68 left Kobe for Cape Town, and left Sagay 10.7.68
15.12.68 left Yokohama for Mombasa, arr Cape Town 1.3.69
27.8.69 left Cape Town for Yokohama, arr Kaohsiung 10.11.69
12.2.70 left Cape Town for unreported destination, and left East London 16.2.70
5.5.70 left Osaka for Europe, left Durban 13.8.70
22.9.70 left Kobe for Mombasa, arr Singapore Roads 9.11.70
9.1.71 left Durban for Keelung, arr 11.3.71
8.9.71 left Osaka for Cape Town, left Durban 7.12.71
11.3.72 left Calcutta for Apapa/Lagos, arr 11.5.72
24.10.72 left Singapore for Calcutta, arr 31.10.72
22.1.73 left Durban for Calcutta, and left Mombasa 17.2.73
8.1.74 left Lautoka for Calcutta, left Singapore 29.1.74
74 sold out of Bank Line fleet

garrybank1967
10th July 2009, 21:54
When I joined her in 1967 she did look a bit "tired", but our first leg of the tour was to Kawasaki near Tokyo, where she dry docked and came out looking really smart. I've attached a nice aerial photo. Obviously approaching a destination and if I had to guess I'd say it was Port Swettenham. I think she may also be flying her pennant callsign "GWQS" if I remember.

K urgess
10th July 2009, 22:12
The callsign's right. (Thumb)
Garrybank/GWQS and I chatted on the 8th May 1968 while I was on the Sprucebank/GMHX.
We were just off the northern tip of Madagascar at the time heading from Singapore to Liverpool the long way round. Unless it was dark she must have been relatively close. Say within 500 miles.
Cheers
Kris

johnb42
11th July 2009, 01:41
That's a nice photo, Kris, but I don't think this class won any medals for looks.
Just an opinion.
John

pete
11th July 2009, 19:05
That's a nice photo, Kris, but I don't think this class won any medals for looks.
Just an opinion.
John

It didn't need any medals for looks, but for efficiency and manoeverability as many medals as you could award.......................pete