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Search: Posts Made By: Alistair Macnab
Forum: Say Hello 9th June 2020, 17:53
Replies: 3
Views: 306
Posted By Alistair Macnab
'Shippers' -v- 'Ship Lovers'

I wonder if 'Pompey Blue' has directed his new membership to people who actually ship things and pay the freight per the Bill of Lading?

Pompey Blue is indeed welcome on this site but an early...
Forum: Looking for Old Shipmates 28th May 2020, 03:45
Replies: 5
Views: 670
Posted By Alistair Macnab
Early Sea Career...

My 16th Birthday was at the beginning of July 1953 but by the 15th of the same month I was signed on to Wm Robertson's ss"Beryl" as Deck Boy. This pre-war coal burning steamship was employed on West...
Forum: Brocklebank Line 15th May 2020, 16:00
Replies: 28
Views: 2,219
Posted By Alistair Macnab
Great Eastern Hotel/Grand Hotel...

As far as I recall the Sherazade Night Club was in the Grand Hotel on Chowringee and not in Dalhousie Square. Perhaps we are talking about different eras, as I am talking 1953 to 1967. The Grand...
Forum: The Engine Room 7th May 2020, 17:27
Replies: 30
Views: 3,053
Posted By Alistair Macnab
Compressed Air Starts...

My story about the shortage of compressed air because of too many starts and stops and the request for endless microbursts of dead slows, and tug signals, concerns the "Inverbank" class of twin-screw...
Forum: Ellerman 3rd April 2020, 18:06
Replies: 18
Views: 1,602
Posted By Alistair Macnab
Ellerman Ships...

I think the ship on the Johannesburg wall in a colour print was of the "City of Oxford" Class. This lead ship was built by John Brown's in Glasgow in 1948 and was the lead ship in a very large class...
Forum: Bank Line 1st April 2020, 20:21
Replies: 7
Views: 1,136
Posted By Alistair Macnab
BKLU Reefer Containers...

I recall that when Roddie McLeod went to London from New Orleans he ordered 100 20 ft, Integrated Reefer containers from Japan. It might have been 200 but I'm not sure. They were unpainted shiny...
Forum: Bank Line 6th March 2020, 18:29
Replies: 9
Views: 1,360
Posted By Alistair Macnab
Andrew Weir's Blue Plaque

I would like to see in whose honour this year's plaques were awarded. It would be interesting to see how each nomination was evaluated. As a long-time resident and tax payer of the Greater London...
Forum: Tankers 25th December 2019, 16:11
Replies: 24
Views: 11,389
Posted By Alistair Macnab
Caltex (Far East)...

One of my fellow Cadets in Bank Line had his father John(?) Baird whom we met up with in Singapore. He was aboard a T-2 Caltex tanker
whose name I can't remember. I think he was Chief Officer...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 4th August 2019, 23:49
Replies: 63
Views: 13,898
Posted By Alistair Macnab
Harland and Wolff...

Well, there's not to much to write about given the overwhelming bad comments in this site. Having stood by two newbuildings and a return to Belfast for scavenge fire problems, I confess not to be an...
Forum: Say Hello 1st May 2019, 17:43
Replies: 13
Views: 2,195
Posted By Alistair Macnab
Ardrossan Shipyard...


My uncle, Arthur Macnab was an apprentice something or other at the Ayr Shipyard and during the Depression in the 1930s, the Ayr shipyard closed down due to lack of work and their...
Forum: Bank Line 12th April 2019, 22:13
Replies: 10
Views: 2,924
Posted By Alistair Macnab
The shipping wizard of kirkcaldy


Many thanks for your acknowledgement of receipt of the book. I had some lingering doubts of mailing to Macau but my local Post Office worker here in Brooklyn took the destination in...
Forum: Bank Line 5th March 2019, 15:59
Replies: 23
Views: 4,533
Posted By Alistair Macnab
"The Shipping Wizard of Kirkcaldy"


I've sent you an additional copy of my book which you might present as additional evidence in support of your Blue Plaque project in London. I am following up your good work with...
Forum: Bank Line 27th February 2019, 20:20
Replies: 23
Views: 4,533
Posted By Alistair Macnab
"the shipping wizard of kirkcaldy"


Thank you very much for your photographs of Inverforth House and Gardens. That the property was bought from that great entrepreneur, Lord Leverhulme, who headed what was the largest...
Forum: Maritime Family History Research 19th February 2019, 18:08
Replies: 24
Views: 3,694
Posted By Alistair Macnab
Deck Passengers on Bank Line ships...

Andrew Weir's Bank Line were very active in the carriage of Deck passengers during the first half of the 20th century. Starting in 1906 after some in-chartering voyages, two new ships were built in...
Forum: Coasters 20th January 2019, 19:41
Replies: 8
Views: 1,394
Posted By Alistair Macnab
The Clyde Puffer

Andrew Weir built two 'coastal and canal' steamships at Mackie and Thomson in 1894. They were approximately 93 GRT and were used to provide an intermodal through serviced from Glasgow to...
Forum: Bank Line 19th January 2019, 02:28
Replies: 6
Views: 1,808
Posted By Alistair Macnab
Fleetbank (1953 version) on Copra Run

Gerry, Did you and I sail together on the old "Fleetbank"? Your name rings a bell and since you mention 'Hamish' I am known in some circles by that moniker! Don't know about the survival of...
Forum: Ship Research 14th January 2019, 21:57
Replies: 43
Views: 3,567
Posted By Alistair Macnab
WWII German Merchant Marine...

The tsmv "SPEYBANK" one of the 21 motorships built and engined by Harland and Wolff in Glasgow in 1926 of 5154 GRT , and with twin Burmeister and Wain diesel engines, she was captured by the Germans...
Forum: Bank Line 10th January 2019, 02:42
Replies: 23
Views: 4,533
Posted By Alistair Macnab
"The Shipping Wizard of Kirkcaldy"!

I thought I still had a couple of slots available on my private in-box. Anyway, I have now eliminated all the messages therein and am again open to receive all new communications.
Thank you...
Forum: Bank Line 5th January 2019, 17:42
Replies: 23
Views: 4,533
Posted By Alistair Macnab
"The Shipping Wizard of Kirkcaldy"

Anthony in Macau...
Please formalize your order for the book on my "Private Mail" section on this site as we are not permitted to engage in commercial activities in open forum. I shall be pleased to...
Forum: Bank Line 27th December 2018, 23:27
Replies: 23
Views: 4,533
Posted By Alistair Macnab
"The Shipping Wizard of Kirkcaldy"

My book is selling well and is immediately available from me for the provision of your mailing address. One of your ex-Bank Line brothers has made this observation:

"What a marvelous book it is....
Forum: Say Hello 1st December 2018, 22:48
Replies: 4
Views: 950
Posted By Alistair Macnab
Brian Penswick...

You old son-of-a-gun, You and I were shipmates on board a Bank Line ship which I think was he "Ettrickbank" on the Oriental African Line. I may be wrong about the ship, but I remember you...
Forum: Bank Line 4th November 2018, 20:36
Replies: 10
Views: 2,924
Posted By Alistair Macnab
The Shipping Wizard of Kirkcaldy

The captioned work is now available in the United States at all main booksellers. But a special Bank Line hard cover edition is now available worldwide by private message through Ships Nostalgia or...
Forum: Ship Research 18th October 2018, 21:14
Replies: 9
Views: 1,233
Posted By Alistair Macnab
Mast Table extra fittings...

The idea that these unusual fittings were for derricks stowed vertically is half correct. What about the additional derricks that were heeled on the outboard side of masthouses and supported from the...
Forum: Bank Line 6th October 2018, 17:59
Replies: 2
Views: 1,379
Posted By Alistair Macnab
Bank Line Books and Articles...

Alan continues to write very good books and articles about his seagoing career and individual articles like this newest one concerning a voyage on "Crestbank" in 1959. Knowledgeable readers will...
Forum: Coasters 4th October 2018, 21:39
Replies: 15
Views: 10,024
Posted By Alistair Macnab
Burns and Laird Lines...

During the late 40s and early 50s the Lairdscrest and the Lairdswood regularly ran from Ayr with cattle on the hoof. The company office on the North Quay was a pretty art deco building with the...
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