Maplebank - Weybank - Minchbank

Aristo
2nd March 2006, 13:11
Hello everyone, I am looking for information on the subsequent fate of the following Bank freighters:

Maplebank, sold 1979 to Greece as Kavo Yossonas
Weybank, sold 1979 as Golden Nigeria
Minchbank, sold 1974 as Aegis Grace

Any ideas?

oldbosun
2nd March 2006, 17:30
Hi Aristo. I saw the "Maplebank" in Port Lincoln Australia in 1947/8

She was a Liberty Ship running grain to Karachi.

Is that the same Maplebank or was there a later one?

If that's the one, then you can follow her "career" on a Liberty Ship website

Hamish Mackintosh
2nd March 2006, 19:53
Can I add "Ivybank" to that list, in port lincoln 1951, another liberty ship ex Sam Yorke

Aristo
2nd March 2006, 21:24
Hi Aristo. I saw the "Maplebank" in Port Lincoln Australia in 1947/8

She was a Liberty Ship running grain to Karachi.

Is that the same Maplebank or was there a later one?


No, that's different ships. I refer to the 1967-built Maplebank.

oldbosun
3rd March 2006, 11:43
20 years later! Hmm........Funny how time stands still in one's mind, but in reality it flies by.

PJW
5th March 2006, 10:01
Maplebank built in Belfast by Harland & Wolff in 1967, sister ship to Gowanbank. Sold 1979 and became Kavo Yossonas, arrived for scrapping in Karachi 29.8.85.
Weybank was built by Harland & wolff in Belfast in 1964.Sold 1979 became Golden Nigeria, arrived Kaoshiung for scrap 18.4.84.
Minchbank, built by Harland & Wolff 1958, sold1972 became Aegis Grace, sold again 1978 retained name,sold again 1979 became Grace.arrived in tow at Kaoshiung for scrap 28.4.78.

I mention Gowanbank as I sailed on her in 1977, these two ships where excellent.
I hope this is helpful.
Regards
PJW

Aristo
5th March 2006, 14:29
sold again 1979 became Grace.arrived in tow at Kaoshiung for scrap 28.4.78.


thanks a lot PJW, just one think you mention that Minchbank was renamed GRACE in 1979 but arrived at the breakers in 28.4.78. Do you ment to right 28.4.79?

PJW
5th March 2006, 15:59
Yes. it was 1979.Sorry for the confusion
Regards
PJW

stillwaters
13th April 2018, 02:17
Hi, I remenber, as a boy, seeing the 'Maplebank' in Dunedin NZ. probably late 40's, also if I remember rightly the'Brockle Bank' was there at some stage.

Bankline17
13th April 2018, 02:22
Great to see some Bankline activity, I served on Pinebank, Olivebank, Weirbank, Avonbank and Marabank, solid old ships and mostly went into Greek hands by about 1980 or so, think a couple were sisters to Gowanbank and Maplebank. Have old images of these ships as well on hand

Biggles Wader
13th April 2018, 10:59
Maplebank ran up a reef in Fiji in about 1975 at full speed. Ouch. Took a week or two to get her off but she was repaired and sailed for another ten years.
Welcome to the site Bankline 17. I did a trip on Olivebank too. Happy days.

The Wind Blows Free
13th April 2018, 11:56
Hi! I sailed in Gowanbank 1970/71. Couldn't quite believe that Bank Line had Air Conditioning! I was used to sticking a used beer case (there were plenty of them!) out of the porthole. Great trip to the usual places (New Guinea, Calcutta, East Africa etc.) Happy Days!

jimthehat
13th April 2018, 14:29
I was an app on the Liberty ship Maplebank,spent 18 months on her as a first tripper, great experience, had a fire then the old man was lost overboard whilst crossing the pacific.

We had a white crew so we 4 apps were put on watches so that the more experienced Abs could go on day work, and whilst on the OZ coast whilst most of the crew went walkabout we did all the work on deck,

BobClay
13th April 2018, 14:37
Sailed on the Weybank 1970/71 .. first trip deepsea on my own as Sparks.

Southeast/East Africa. India, Sri Lanka, Caribbean, States, New Zealand, Fiji and payed off in Liverpool. Short trip of 13 months by Bankline standards. (*))

Alan Rawlinson
13th April 2018, 18:00
I followed Jim (above) on the Maplebank- the Liberty ship version. Memorable trip!

I have written briefly about the 70's Maplebank and the grounding in an article on the book shelves next week ( Sea Breezes May issue). Also the other groundings and losses in the Pacific are covered in the article which is in 2 parts ( May and June) and entitled " Bank Line's Love Affair with the South Pacific"