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Old 11th November 2013, 11:13
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girls on board

I have a vivid memory of an occasion on the ' Irisbank' circa 56/7 arriving at an anchorage in West Africa and a local girl was smuggled on board for a rather sordid session with all and sundry. ( We must have been at sea too long).

She fetched the police when finally breaking free, and they promptly lined us all up on the boatdeck for an ID parade, with the girl walking down the line and pointing her finger at those she thought had not rewarded her properly. Trouble was it must have been quite dark or maybe she had her eyes shut because some ' innocents' were fingered, causing a huge row. It was eventually solved by a whip round, and she departed in the boat with the police!
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#649 Reminds me of a weekend in Capetown,I was given the sunday off so a great saturday night saw me end up with a girl in my cabin and a hangover.the young lady having set off for home I was enjoying a lie in when my boss used his passkey to enter my cabin and proceeded to go mental saying`I gave you the day off to go on the organised trip up Table Mountain not to lie in your bunk.Look at you lying there with a`preventive`on the deck!`I hadn`t noticed the condom decorating the carpet.Oh well hey ho.
Not UP table Mountain then
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Old 30th November 2013, 13:51
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Steam v Diesel

Here are 2 pictures of the Hazelbank. The old coal burner where I was an App for a while in 1951, and the later version. Must admit the later version had much sleeker lines.

The coal burner was a very happy ship under Capt. Newton. Quite a few Aussies among the officers for some reason.
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Nice pictures Alan. The coal burner has a look of the Meadowbank I sailed on and the other picture shows a Doxford I assume. Is that a sixth hatch on the poop?? Never seen that before. She is a lot like the Yewbank but built later I would imagine.
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Nice pictures Alan. The coal burner has a look of the Meadowbank I sailed on and the other picture shows a Doxford I assume. Is that a sixth hatch on the poop?? Never seen that before. She is a lot like the Yewbank but built later I would imagine.
When in the Laganbank, we passed the Meadowbank whilst crossing the Pacific.

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Old 7th December 2013, 00:09
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Nice pictures Alan. The coal burner has a look of the Meadowbank I sailed on and the other picture shows a Doxford I assume. Is that a sixth hatch on the poop?? Never seen that before. She is a lot like the Yewbank but built later I would imagine.
I think your 6th hatch is actually the awning outside the deck bhandary's galley.
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Ernebank

Here's a nice shot of the 'old' Ernebank where I spent a very happy year - the one in which the Queen was crowned at Westminster Abbey. We were in Cuba, around the islands loading bagged sugar, and the Scottish engineers were convinced there would be an attempt to retake the ' Stone of Scone' during the ceremony, so they all got up at 4 am due to the time difference to listen. The Apprentices slept on the boat deck under the stars, and on camp beds we had made for the purpose. Happy Days!

See the contrast with the later ' Ernebank'
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Here's a nice shot of the 'old' Ernebank where I spent a very happy year - the one in which the Queen was crowned at Westminster Abbey. We were in Cuba, around the islands loading bagged sugar, and the Scottish engineers were convinced there would be an attempt to retake the ' Stone of Scone' during the ceremony, so they all got up at 4 am due to the time difference to listen. The Apprentices slept on the boat deck under the stars, and on camp beds we had made for the purpose. Happy Days!

See the contrast with the later ' Ernebank'
Was that accommodation added between no 4 and 5 hatches after she was built I would rather have been in her than the later one 10 derricks every seamans dream as you say happy days we had the derricks topped in no time regards Dave .
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Was that accommodation added between no 4 and 5 hatches after she was built I would rather have been in her than the later one 10 derricks every seamans dream as you say happy days we had the derricks topped in no time regards Dave .
The blocks port and starboard between 4 and 5 hatches were the usual old style Bank Line crews toilets and Bhundary's ( crew cooks) areas. Built like that.

It was in this ship that we 'found' some brown sugar from the cargo, and the Master showed us Apps how to make sheets of superb toffee on the galley stove. ( Mix with condensed milk and heat)
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Old 13th December 2013, 21:37
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Smile Meadowbank

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When in the Laganbank, we passed the Meadowbank whilst crossing the Pacific.

Keith
From not having any pictures of the Meadowbank I now have four but this is by far and away my favourite. It takes me back to the two and a half years I spent on her. its now my screen saver replacing a favourite one of the Ixia (stag Line) taken in the Lakes near Windsor
thanks Keith; do you have the original?
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Dave,

I have sent you a PM.

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Best wishes to all for 2014 and thanks for the many memory-jogging nostalgic recollections from Bank Line in the fifties.
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Point Fortin Revisited

The first time I visited Point Fortin was in Jan 1955 in the Cedarbank. A second visit, in March 1960 was as Third Mate in the Shell tanker Helcion loading for Las Palmas. A launch took the Chief Steward, the Senior Apprentice and I the 3 mile run from the anchorage to the refinery jetty. The little town had changed but it was good to see some of the old haunts had survived amid new office blocks and department stores.

Some of the old Chinese-owned shack restaurants and bars were extant. Drinking joints such as Kim Sing’s and Wong Fu’s continued to trade, still graced by attractive bar flies. Looking back, I clearly recall a large company of us off the Cedarbank in one of those bars ordering Fernandes Vat 19 rum by the bottle and Coke by the crate. Another watering hole still in existence and once frequented by Bank Line personnel, between bans, was the then impressive Clifton Hill Club where a glass of rum and a bottle of Coke cost a mere one shilling in 1960.

Later, a mad taxi driver took us at speed along narrow twisting roads to San Fernando. We called at three “nightclubs,” the Splendide, the Bamboo Inn and the Blue Dahlia. We eventually sat with some engineers off the Sugar Importer. A young Norwegian seaman joined our company, one of his feet strapped up as the result of an earlier jump off the first floor balcony of the Blue Dahlia onto the street below.
“I felt like an angel flying in der clouds......until I hit der ground,” said he.

Keith

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Old 13th April 2014, 07:51
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Wood decks, open rails, serene quiet progress across the oceans...
stifling heat in the cabins, lucky to have an oscillating fan, or a wind cowel to stick out of the port
steam winches, cracking and banging, draining and jerking
heat your own water, with a steam line in the bath
then there was the wire sounding line! ( only used it once)
followed by an ultra modern wet paper echo sounder - OK if the paper was wet...
D/F - the less said the better

Would put it all to poetry if I had time, but too busy 60 years on...
Cheers/AL
Here's a few lines based upon the Bank Line years throughout the 1950's



SEA MYSTERY

Sometimes when I'm lonely
I think of life at sea
The endless miles of open ocean
and all the birds so free

Is there a pattern, hard to see
among the waves and troughs
or is it just a random thing
of nothingness and froth?

There is a beauty, wild and proud
an earthly majesty
waiting for the lonely folk
just staring out to sea.

AAR/2012

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Here's a few lines based upon the Bank Line years throughout the 1950's



SEA MYSTERY

Sometimes when I'm lonely
I think of life at sea
The endless miles of open ocean
and all the birds so free

Is there a pattern, hard to see
among the waves and troughs
or is it just a random thing
of nothingness and froth?

There is a beauty, wild and proud
an earthly majesty
waiting for the lonely folk
just staring out to sea.

AAR/2012
Well written Alan,staring out to sea,especially on ships with no radar,
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Old 15th April 2014, 11:50
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On joining a Bank Line ship in mid winter

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Well written Alan,staring out to sea,especially on ships with no radar,
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Thanks Jim - Much appreciated. here's another for the old timers......

It doesn't seem so long ago,
winches hissing, clanking in the snow
Lovely smells of warmed up oil and steam
and Copra resting on the beams..

Hoses,cables,boards, and battens
strewn around in random patterns
There was nothing quite like a Bank Line ship
home at last from a 2 year trip.

See the cabins, mostly white
narrow bunks and quilts tucked tight
Then the tea, thick and treacly
brought by stewards ever so meekly

After this, we steam away
foreign going to fun filled days
An alien world, but it should be known,
to some of us, it felt like home.

AAR 2012

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i must have had rose coloured specs,I was on the Clydebank for 2 years paying off 12 months before crankcase joined.
With bertie holland as master and Wilkie Rutherford as mate she was a well fed ship and with 3 apps being taught their trade by Wilkie she was one of the best ships for her age,as I have said before she was the best ship I had sailed on.

JIM
Hey Jim....I was R/O on Clydebank from April 55 until May 57....must've been when you were there? Remember Wilkie very well & Capt. Holland.
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Hey Jim....I was R/O on Clydebank from April 55 until May 57....must've been when you were there? Remember Wilkie very well & Capt. Holland.
All the Best!
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Hi Mike,yes I joined April 55 in Keil as senior app and payed off in Aug 56 in Durban and sent home for second mates,

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Well, small world!
Remember you now - and Dave Nurse & Alex Rosie!
Years ago - late 60s, met up with Mike Shankey when I was in Dublin on 'Esso Glasgow'.
Have been in NZ since Jan '71 & was at sea until mid-1988.
Trust you're keeping well....we are getting old - if not ancient!
Best from 'down here'!
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Wilkie Rutherford.....

I also remember Wilkie Rutherford with great affection. I have written about him before in much earlier SN but I think I speak for everyone of his shipmates when he has a universal reputation for being a great shipmate and a consumate seaman.

I sailed with him for two years aboard "Inchanga" on Bank Line's Indian African Line and he helped to make the trip first class. He was a very popular Chief Officer with the crew, officers and passengers. In fact he met and married one of the passengers who boarded in Colombo for Mombasa, Rosemarie. He eventually married her on the next trip to Durban. I think his first command was the "Riverbank" on the Oriental African Line.

I understand they divorced much later when he was Stevedoring Superintendent for Rennies in Durban. That was the last time I met him and he died comparatively young in Durban.

I remember him with love and respect.
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Thanks for that Alastair...sorry to hear Wilkie died so soon. I remember his mother lived in Beer, Devon, I spoke with her by phone just after he joined Inchanga.
A man I remember as very honest & outright & I think of him often even after all these years.
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Thanks for that Alastair...sorry to hear Wilkie died so soon. I remember his mother lived in Beer, Devon, I spoke with her by phone just after he joined Inchanga.
A man I remember as very honest & outright & I think of him often even after all these years.
Mike.
I also remember Wilkie with much fondness,he was fair and he taught me a lot as senior app.
Does anyone remember the social session he had in his cabin in port?he had a special trick where he would draw the curtains and get out his lighter and create a blue light display,

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Yes, Jim!
I remember the W.T.W pyrotechnic demos very well!!
Also him sitting on the midships toilet, doing his 'daily' whilst consulting with various stevedores re cargo plans etc.! Killing 2 birds with 1 stone, so to speak.
Have never been able to think of anything nasty about him...
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Mystery pic

Anyone spot themselves in this snap from circa 1953/4? Believe it was Lossiebank. Depicts what hell it was on those long trips
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Another happy snap. Jim Scobbie top centre
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