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Old 17th August 2006, 12:58
K urgess K urgess is offline
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Bankline Rosie

Anyone with any memories of Sydney and Rosie.
I nearly got caught how many of you did?
Judging by the number of hits on my Weirbank and Sprucebank photos there are quite a few old Bankie codgers out there.
Memories please gentlemen.
Let's all share the good times
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Old 17th August 2006, 15:23
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Knew a "Bankline Phil" from Melbourne on the Corabank in 76. Heavy lift job. Fell for our marconi sahib, a nice irish lad from newtonards called davy. Buggered up his bunk apparently. Went back on the teviotbank in 78 on a NYK charter, no sign of her. Only did the 'upmarket" copra boats. Heart of gold by all accounts.
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Old 17th August 2006, 19:51
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I remember both Rosie (and Harry) & Phil well. Phil, along with her three similarly proportioned pals usually arrived alongside in their cruelly overloaded VW Beetle, hot on the agent's heels and always anxious to get in a full shift before the first hatch was opened. Then, some time in the late seventies they simple disappeared without trace. I did hear on the grapevine that Big Phil had died from a massive heart attack but no one ever seemed to know anything for sure.
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Old 18th August 2006, 02:58
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Sailed with an "Aussie "on the "Ivy Bank" a fireman, who titled himself" Lower the boom Clancy Moore" who could start a fight in an empty house,(got me jailed in the islands) his side kick was an AB who said his dad was harbour master in Sydney circa 1950,they were both let go in Cardiff when we payed off, with the usual demerits as I recall Don't see much reference to the "Ivy Bank" on this site but I spent two happy years aboard her ,with such shipmates as " the Sherriff of Shire Moor" (Ronnie Lonberg" )and the "seventh Earl of Seaton Sluice" Gerry O'Niel and a lot more" Geordies" The day I joined her I thought I had joined the wrong ship, as I could not understand a word they said, but after a couple of weeks I was quite conversational in "Pitmatic"
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Old 18th August 2006, 21:11
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Way before my time Hamish.
By time I got to Bankline all the crews were Indian or Pakistani. Anybody know when they changed?

Bit before the time I'm thinking of as well.
Late 60s early 70s a lot of young lasses were taking the 10 tour of Aussie.
10 to get there and free passage home if they stayed longer than 2 years. Some of 'em were 2nd and 3rd time round!
Rosie had a sort of halfway house in Sydney where the girls could stay while they found their feet or husbands, whichever came first.
Only condition was they should be willing to go to parties on Bankboats. Pretty strict and if you were a new face you had to go to Rosie's place for inspection before the girls were allowed on board.
Some monumental parties. 2 weeks in Sydney and a party every night and twice on Saturdays. If you wanted to stay longer you walked up to a wharfie and asked to see the burn marks from the ball and chain on his leg. Got 'em out on strike in a trice!
I tried to get 'em to a party on a Blue Star boat but they wouldn't consider it. Came out for a drink on the town but wouldn't go anywhere near the ship.
So that's the Rosie I mean.
I believe I once met someone like big Phil in Melbourne, name rings a bell.
Because I was the joker who had all the spare time in port I was the one chained to the phone when it came on board until I'd got at least one party organised. And me such a shy and retiring bloke as well.
Oh Happy days! Oh them Aussie nurses! Not forgetting the UK and South African ones as well, of course. God bless 'em all.
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Old 9th October 2006, 04:48
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I met Rosie whilst in Sydney for 3 weeks on the Beaverbank (1951 H+W 5360grt) in 1969. She introduced me to one of the most beautiful (and energetic!!) girls I ever met, Wendy Payne, a nurse from Orange NSW. Tried to contact her several times on subsequent visits to Sydney, but unfortunately never saw her again. I even tried recently on Friend's Re-United. I must be a very sad person!!
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Old 9th October 2006, 12:50
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Hugh

This is in my gallery
https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/galler...00/ppuser/8196

It was taken in March 1970. I have a load more that I haven't posted. If you want a nostalgia trip I'll email you some. Send me a PM.

Rosie Dixon had quite a turnover of girls 'cos she was just a sort of halfway house for waifs and strays in the big city.
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Old 11th October 2006, 16:19
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Marconi Sahib,
I was browsing thru your photos nd came across photos of Rabaul unfortunately in the news again because of more volcanic activity I was there in 1956/57 on the S.S.Corabank we made fast to a dock which was a sunken Japanese ship and in coming alongside we hit her such a godawful crack took a small chunk out of the prop. This ship had been sunk during the war and after hostilities were over they had built causeways out to her and then filled her with rubble thus making a dock from which we loaded our cargo of copra While we were thus occupied a team of Japanese salvage divers appeared alongside us and proceeded diving probably to conduct a survey however they came up a damn sight faster than they went down
It seems she was full of torpedo warheads and various other ordnance
all of which was highly unstable so the story went As I recall you could stand on the f'csle and look down No1 Hatch into the tweendecks allthe rest were full of rubble I don't suppose she stayed in use for long as the Japanese were salvaging all the metal they could at that time
Cheers Geoff
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Old 11th October 2006, 16:47
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Geoff

The Komaki Maru was the first Japanese ship sunk after they invaded.

See
http://www.pacificwrecks.com/ships/maru/komaki.html
for more details.

They decided to leave the cargo 'cos she was still there and in use last time I went despite being in danger of exploding any time.

Attached is the view from Google earth at present.
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Old 13th October 2006, 08:27
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Marconi Sahib,
Thats incredible, so the story was true after all. To be still in use after allthis time beggars belief. I checked it on Google yesterday . The Pacific Wrecks web site was very interesting mind you the people defecating on board must have been hardy souls as I recall the rats were as big as butcher's dogs and twice as fit

cheers Geoff
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Old 24th November 2006, 18:15
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Marconi Sahib,
I was browsing thru your photos nd came across photos of Rabaul unfortunately in the news again because of more volcanic activity I was there in 1956/57 on the S.S.Corabank we made fast to a dock which was a sunken Japanese ship and in coming alongside we hit her such a godawful crack took a small chunk out of the prop. This ship had been sunk during the war and after hostilities were over they had built causeways out to her and then filled her with rubble thus making a dock from which we loaded our cargo of copra While we were thus occupied a team of Japanese salvage divers appeared alongside us and proceeded diving probably to conduct a survey however they came up a damn sight faster than they went down
It seems she was full of torpedo warheads and various other ordnance
all of which was highly unstable so the story went As I recall you could stand on the f'csle and look down No1 Hatch into the tweendecks allthe rest were full of rubble I don't suppose she stayed in use for long as the Japanese were salvaging all the metal they could at that time
Cheers Geoff
Talking about ammo, when I was on the Hollybank in 1966 ( Jnr engr.) we
were in Kaviang taking on the usual copra, the 3rd engr. ( Bill Baxter ) and myself were underwater swimming, when we discovered the sea bed under the ship was covered in shells and I believe some torpedos, when we told the 'old man' it was all panic moving the ship.
It seems the yanks at the end of the war had just bulldosed the lot off the
jetty, I suppose its one way to get rid of it !!!,
The leccy was Farquer McKenzie ( is that spelt correctly ? ) does anyone
remember him, he used to spend all his time 'looking up' the clan where ever
we went.
The crew were all Indians, they seemed a jolly lot !!!.
I enjoyed that trip, Sydney was all parties ( Ausie nurses ), pity I never went back, I joined Lamport & Holt Line, stayed until I was a 3rd.
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Old 26th December 2006, 14:10
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I sailed with Farquer McKenzie (not sure of the spelling either) on the Willowbank in '68. Nice guy. We did the usual round the world Bankline voyage taking in the pacific islands, Japan and Oz. The old man was "OJ Aussie Brown" on his last trip. Unforgettable
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Old 11th January 2007, 00:49
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Marconi Sahib,
I remember Rosie's very well. Went to her place several times when I was on the Nairnbank and Willowbank. Many, many great parties on board. Don't know how, but I got a reputation as the "heavy lift job", and one time I remember was trying to explain to "the most beautiful girl in the world"(who it must be said was carrying a little too much weght) why there was a chain block hanging outside my cabin. Thanks for helping to resurrect such good memories. So many good times.............
Regards,
Tom.
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Old 11th January 2007, 10:20
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Nice one, Tom.

There was always one that was, shall we say, "comfortable".

Cheers
Kris/
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Old 17th June 2007, 13:04
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Did you ever come across 3rd Eng. Bill Baxter or electician George Rodgers,
Bill was a scotsman and George was Irish ( Belfast ).
Two really nice blokes, we had a good time on the Hollybank.
John Mepham
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Old 8th August 2007, 13:05
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Rosie & Big Phil

Marabank 1971, Weirbank 1972, Willowbank 1973, Gownbank 1974, Corabank 1975. I remember Rosie and her charges very well. One Jenny Bancan brings back memories! 2nd Mate on Weirbank married one of them IDC. Big Phil in Melbourne - one of her friends was Diane Kloppman who like the others needed 10 ton gear - but fun it certainly was - her husband (ex Ellerman 2nd Mate) didn't seem to mind either. Also Melbourne but not connected with Big Phil was Diamond Lil and another vast friend - they were both into their 50s but would try anything once. The Lekky on Gowanbank was treated to a good time in Brisbane - phone call to ship asking for the electrician - who said he didn't know anybody in Brisbane but shortly afterwards headed for the beach - we didn't see him again for three days. As others have said, happy memories.
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Old 17th July 2009, 01:15
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Marabank 1971, Weirbank 1972, Willowbank 1973, Gownbank 1974, Corabank 1975. I remember Rosie and her charges very well. One Jenny Bancan brings back memories! 2nd Mate on Weirbank married one of them IDC. Big Phil in Melbourne - one of her friends was Diane Kloppman who like the others needed 10 ton gear - but fun it certainly was - her husband (ex Ellerman 2nd Mate) didn't seem to mind either. Also Melbourne but not connected with Big Phil was Diamond Lil and another vast friend - they were both into their 50s but would try anything once. The Lekky on Gowanbank was treated to a good time in Brisbane - phone call to ship asking for the electrician - who said he didn't know anybody in Brisbane but shortly afterwards headed for the beach - we didn't see him again for three days. As others have said, happy memories.
Waighty,
I was Mate on the Marabank from February '70 to Sept '71. Did we sail with each other?
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Old 17th July 2009, 10:46
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If you look at my photos on this site you will see some photos of Big Fil from Melbourne, best wishes Mac (Alex McMorine)
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I sailed with Farquer McKenzie (not sure of the spelling either) on the Willowbank in '68. Nice guy. We did the usual round the world Bankline voyage taking in the pacific islands, Japan and Oz. The old man was "OJ Aussie Brown" on his last trip. Unforgettable
I believe Farquhar McKenzie is retired and living in Dornie on the west coast of Scotland - next to the Eilean Donan castle of Highlander and shortcake biscuit tin lid fame.
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Old 4th August 2009, 21:46
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I believe Farquhar McKenzie is retired and living in Dornie on the west coast of Scotland - next to the Eilean Donan castle of Highlander and shortcake biscuit tin lid fame.
Seems like the perfect place for Farquhar. I can see him now sitting playing bridge with the castle in background.
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Old 13th August 2009, 08:41
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I know Filomena (Phil) and she did not have a heart attack, she got married to a german chap and lives happily in Ferntree Gully in Melbourne. She did lose weight but last time I saw her she was still a big lass. Her friend Margaret married a chief engineer in Bank Line. Her other friend Noel married an engineer from somewhere.

So they all got married and lived happy every after
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Old 13th August 2009, 16:38
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Farquar Macrae McKenzie

I sailed with the same Farquar in 1980 on the Roachbank Im sure he was from Dornie.

1972 Springbank
1973 Lossiebank
1974 Fleetbank
1979 Crestbank
1980 Roachbank


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Old 26th August 2009, 15:54
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Hi All,
My name is Ben Masey and I have just joined SN.
I joined Bank Line as an Apprentice in 1957 and left as Master 1979,after which I became a Deep Sea Pilot for 25 years.
I see Alastair MacNab is a frequent contributor.Most of the others are not using their real names so although many of the yarns are familiar I don't recognise the names.Or is there a list somewhere?
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Old 26th August 2009, 17:57
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Hi Ben,
dont think that there is a list of names on this site ,but most people who subscribe do list all the ships they were on,for example me ...
maplebank,,Etivebank,,Clydebank,,Eastbank,,Isiping o,,Fleetbank,, Ettrickbank,,Forresbank,, and taybank.
Time with bank line 52-66 great years.

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Old 26th August 2009, 18:14
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Hi All,
My name is Ben Masey and I have just joined SN.
I joined Bank Line as an Apprentice in 1957 and left as Master 1979,after which I became a Deep Sea Pilot for 25 years.
I see Alastair MacNab is a frequent contributor.Most of the others are not using their real names so although many of the yarns are familiar I don't recognise the names.Or is there a list somewhere?
Regards,
Ben Masey
Hi Ben, We were on n off in contact. Good to see you here.
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