Dick,I also like a palm on the funnel but there was a time when one caused me some greif !!
Working in Tilbury Docks as a ships rigger I had a licence enabling me to drive all the types of cranes used in the docks..This was very convenient when storing ship,removing hold rubbish etc .....A lot of work saved in not rigging derricks..
Mid 1960' I was driving a crane while putting stewards stores aboard old LOKOJA PALM..We used wire nets..
In a high wind I was slewing the crane shorewards with an empty net on the hook when a gust of wind blew the net onto the palm on the funnel. As I was still slewing the palm was ripped off its fixings,dropped and hit the side of a lifeboat then crashed onto the quay near bottom of the gangway..
Fortunately nobody was close by....
The felled tree had its fronds straightened and was replanted on the funnel by shiprepairers...
It would be good to see a few more Palm Line ships on the site. I did not sail on them, but my brother had one trip on the Kano Palm, thought he was going to West Africa, but ended up on a Messageries Maritimes charter, mainly around Indian ports, 1969 era I think.