the mystery bank boat

Ray Morgan AB
6th October 2006, 19:56
a bank boat was on the reef at naru in the mid sixties does anyone know the name of it? also does anyone know the were abouts of phil sillery ab originally from castle field county wicklow. thanks

pete
7th October 2006, 04:11
The Kelvinbank ex Samuta was wrecked off Ocean Island, perhaps that one???.............pete

Ray Morgan AB
7th October 2006, 18:48
thanks pete

cadet
7th October 2006, 20:30
Kelvinbank was lost in the fifties.
A "Liberty" ship built in the USA and launched as the Jesse De Forrest and later renamed Samuta. She went ashore on Ocean Island on 6th January, 1953, and became a total loss.

rickzek
7th October 2006, 21:25
Hi Ray, I was there in 69 on the Shell tanker Hinea. Think it was the Laurel Bank, just the foc'sle and number 1 hatch left but the derricks were still
rigged.

Tony Breach
8th October 2006, 10:14
Hi Guys,

The only LAURELBANKs were 1) a 4-masted barque posted missing in 1898 & 2) a motor ship built 1963 by Doxfords & sold foriegn in 1979. The SOUTHBANK of 1948 was wrecked at Washington Island 26.12.64 & the LINDENBANK of 1961 was wrecked at Fanning Island 17.08.75 which I think were the only other Pacific Island strandings after WW2. It seems that the KELVINBANK must be the ship concerned.

gdynia
8th October 2006, 10:49
Definetely not Laurelbank as I was part of the delivery crew to her new owners in 1979,Greek company called Brethelmans and if my merory is correct she became Vali Peru or Vali Pero

Brian.M
13th October 2006, 08:59
Hi Ray The ship was the Kelvinbank wrecked off Ocean Island. Refer photo to see how she looked in 1962.

dave beaumont
22nd October 2006, 08:25
Definately Kelvinbank Ray. Ran ashore 6.1.53 whilst bound Ocean Is to Australia. Refloated but fouled tailshaft and propeller of Ooma, which was wrecked there 8.2.26 and penertrated hull and held vessel aground. Abandonded 17.1.53.

Ray Morgan AB
31st October 2006, 21:16
thanks for the interest ray

Lefty
9th November 2007, 01:19
I joined the Beaverbank in mid 1959 after she had returned from running aground on Fanning Island I think (memory cells rattling!). She was repaired in Amsterdam Noord Drydock. We had a great time! BFN Howard

BASHER
31st January 2008, 11:34
Ray MOrgan. I believe that the SOUTHBANK ended up on a reef there.

She was built by Doxfords in 1948 for mainly Copra

Hope this helps. BASHER

Riptide
31st January 2008, 20:59
I joined the Beaverbank in mid 1959 after she had returned from running aground on Fanning Island I think (memory cells rattling!). She was repaired in Amsterdam Noord Drydock. We had a great time! BFN Howard
I sailed with a Chief Engineer who had sailed on the Beaverbank as 2nd eng.& his father was Chief Eng.Scots Gentlemen by the name of Boyd.Any one there at the time,do not know the year though.Kenny.

roibaird7
12th December 2010, 07:18
I can consider myself lucky then!
I was on the Ivybank ex SAMYORK. 1948(Nauruand 0cean Islands phosphate for Aust then the run homeward bound bound calling in at Christmas Fanning and Washington Islands picking up the copra.

Joe C
12th December 2010, 10:26
I can consider myself lucky then!
I was on the Ivybank ex SAMYORK. 1948(Nauruand 0cean Islands phosphate for Aust then the run homeward bound bound calling in at Christmas Fanning and Washington Islands picking up the copra.

The wrecked Kelvinbank was very prominent on the reef and was probably a deterrent to many Bank Line Masters who maybe stood off the Islands for a bit longer as a result, before mooring to load.

John Hebblewhite
25th January 2011, 14:28
Southbank stranded at Washington Island Dec 64.
Not much left when I saw her in 68.

Rgds John


Ray MOrgan. I believe that the SOUTHBANK ended up on a reef there.

She was built by Doxfords in 1948 for mainly Copra

Hope this helps. BASHER

beedeesea
25th January 2011, 16:48
a bank boat was on the reef at naru in the mid sixties does anyone know the name of it? also does anyone know the were abouts of phil sillery ab originally from castle field county wicklow. thanks

Ray,

There are a few Sillerys round Wicklow Town. I'll be talking to an ex-seafarer from there next Sunday night, and will ask him if he knows of the bloke you're enquiring about.

Brian

ray morgan
28th January 2011, 17:50
Hi Brian, I wrote to his family in 80,s and 90's,he had left home and they never knew were he went. Regards Ray.