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Gulf Banker

Gulf Banker at Buenaventura, Colombia.

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Good shot CharityM. I remember that quayside so well even though it was 1980 when I was there.
 

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Thanks - Gramps would have appreciated the kudos. He took many photos of the Gulf Banker in almost every port they stopped ... this was the best. Here are a couple of things Gran wrote of their trip down the west coast of South America (if you were in Buenaventura, there's a good chance you went south, too, and may remember these incidents). They loved the trip.

Tocopilla, Chile (There are no docks to tie up to so we are unloading soda ash in great dirty barges that a tug tows out to us. The town is as small as Matarani and dirty with a steel mill & nitrate plant. The soda ash is in big paper bags. Goods on the docks need no cover. It never rains. The trip ashore for passengers is by a little boat and you swing over to the land from it by pulling yourself up by ropes. )

The ship left Talcahuano, Chile, empty. Loaded onions, melons & plums in the refrigerator hold in the bow in Valparaiso (The harbor is full of squid. We went thru swarms of them in launch & the crew fished off the ship for them and the wharfies, after we tied up at the pier this eve. They land very few because they fall off the hook when they get above water.) With high winds, they left for Ilo, Peru, at midnight (There has been a big roll all day & night. Tables and chairs slide around if they are not fastened down. We have the fiddles up on dining tables & side boards on our beds.) The next day (It is still a little hard to walk on deck but the roll is only 5 degrees toward port side & 8 degrees starboard. The top we reached yesterday was 23 degrees. I hope they trim the ship tonight.)
 

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I loved the extraction from your Gran's diary, CharityM, especially about the swarms of squid in Valparaiso harbour....

And I'm very much looking forward learning more about your Gran and Gramps trip down the west coast of South America.

Thank you.
 

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