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  #26  
Old 26th August 2009, 20:05
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Welcome aboard, Ben.
Once you've found your way around and cast your mind back you could well recognise a lot of us.
I'm sure any of the Bankline lads that recognise you will soon let you know.
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Old 26th August 2009, 21:07
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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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Ben Masey

Hi Ben. Would be good if you could list your ships and what years.
I am Johhnietwocoats, Twocoats, Coats, or just plain old TC.
My real name is John Pye and I was an apprentice from July 60 until July 64.

Cheers...TC
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Old 27th August 2009, 07:50
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Hallo Ben and greetings,

Were you on the Forresbank with John Beale, I wonder?

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Old 27th August 2009, 13:44
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Good chance that we did. 3rd Mate was a Steve Hockley (big tall guy from Manchester - now a postman in Gloucestershire). Master was DJR Davies I think and his wife. 3rd Eng was Jeff Eames. Joined in Philadelphia, light ship to Dominican Republic to loead sugar for Marseilles, then Light ship to US Gulf then Aussie, then sugar to Liverpool. you stayed on from previous trip I think. Sorry but I can't remember your name but have seen your photo in the Gallery Members section. Did you have a brother in Ben Line?
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Old 28th August 2009, 12:31
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Teviotbank

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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

Hope you are well. I sailed with you as first trip third mate on the Teviot in 77, joined on the coast loading for the islands, then sugar for China and Chittagong etc loading for West Coast SA. I seem to remember racing a French ship from Port Moresby to Lae but losing even though the Teviot was a flying Bank boat at 18knots, also you having a thing about Doxford's going astern after a little altercation in Panama. If my memory serves, we had a bad time with a sailor dying from a heart attack whilst at anchor in Chittagong roads, a long night for all involved. In my mind the Teviot was the best I sailed on, good crowd as well.

Good to see your name again.
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Steve
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Old 29th August 2009, 11:37
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Farquhar Macrae McKenzie

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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.
I sailed with Farquhar on the Irisbank (built 1964) from Feb 1967 until June 1968 (Len Thorne as Master). He was a great shipmate with a wonderful sense of humour and always ready for a party. After paying-off the wife and I decided to tour Scotland in my MGB and made the mistake of calling in at Dornie to see Farquhar. He put us up at his brothers B & B, the car never moved for 4 days 'cos I was too p----d to drive. What a beautiful part of the world he lives in, Kyle of Lochalsh if I remember correctly. Waking up in the morning, with a splitting headache, to the sound of the pipes from across the loch was really something. Then it was up to the pub for a hair of the dog and so on. Wonderful times they were, we were so young and ready for anything in those days.
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Old 30th August 2009, 13:32
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I was in Sydney on the Lossiebank for my 21st birthday in September 1973, a great night was had by all in company with Bankline Rosies girls.

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Old 9th September 2009, 11:16
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I was in Sydney on the Lossiebank for my 21st birthday in September 1973, a great night was had by all in company with Bankline Rosies girls.

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I joined 'The Lossiebank' but not the one you joined. She was unloading at Brombough on the Mersey and was an engineer short. A friend that had sailed on her and paid off told the Superintendent that I was just about to finish my apprentiship and might be happy to sign on. The next thing Mr Anderson the Super knocked on our front door and applied to me! The Chief was a Gentelman of 75 years and I was assured 'The Company Senior Chief Engineer'. I had my 21st 3 days out from Brisbane. So Snap.
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Old 12th February 2010, 15:07
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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.
Had a real blast from the past last week, an e-mail from Fil, alive and kicking, living with her husband in Melbourne.
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Old 13th February 2010, 19:18
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Bank Line Rosie and Co.....

I took over the Mate's job on "Laganbank" from one of Bank Line's better-known lover boys so all around the Aussie Coast I was beset by telephone calls looking for the Mate, who of course, wasn't any longer there. Nevertheless, we were entertained by the usual set of damsels and because the First Lecky had been in P&O or Orient Line, we had a different and additional set of camp followers to contend with. You call this working? And getting paid for it as well?
Going to sea today must be rotten for guys like us who remember the 'good old days'!
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Old 14th February 2010, 17:26
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Camp being the "Operative" word Alistair?
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Old 14th February 2010, 17:59
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Alexander....
The boyfriends of the girls who flocked to see the Lecky in Melbourne might have been a bit light in the loafers; we never knew for sure but always suspected! Anyhow, the group friendship continues after all these years among some of the original participants which is amazing considering the miles and years between.
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Old 17th February 2010, 12:15
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Update for SUPERN..............posting of 13 Aug. 09

Re your "girls"............

Noel - currently a widow living near Ferntree Gully
Phil, still alive and well and in the same area.
Margaret, unfortunately passed away this January, leaving two
adult daughters and Gron - her husband who was ex Blue Star and
came from Anglesey.

Re..............Sydney Rosie.............sher always flew the largest and cleanest
'BankLine' house flag from her house in Abercrombie Street in Sydney.

Ozedev


from Anglesey
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Old 20th February 2010, 11:54
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Waighty,
I was Mate on the Marabank from February '70 to Sept '71. Did we sail with each other?
Yes we certainly did - you had your wife with you at the time. Master was DJR Davies also with wife. 3rd Mate was Steve Hockley who now lives near Cirencester and is a postman! I think we shared correspondence on this site about George Scott as well. If memory serves, you had a a brother in Ben Line.

I left Bank Line in 1983 as Chief Mate and took up employment with the MoD as Master on deep-sea tugs, mooring vessels and salvage vessels. Finished up as Marine Super and then left to be Hbr Master/VTS Manaager on the Firth of Forth. Finally went to UK Hydrographic Office and retired last year.

Have you joined The Bank Line Association if not give Brian Lucy an email on [email protected]. Nest biennial gathering is this October.

Cheers.
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Old 11th November 2013, 17:52
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Rabaul

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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.
I was there in April 1960 and took the attached photo of the Southbank which Larry Illingworth (3/O) and i developed and printed as he had all the kit with him including an enlarger (good job we paid off in the UK) I assume it was the only berth or were there others
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Old 14th October 2015, 19:45
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I think you mean my late father Lawrence (Lawrie) Illingworth, as I still have a copy of that picture next to me now. I have to admit I always wondered where it was taken, and if my Father took it.

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Old 16th October 2015, 20:56
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I was there in April 1960 and took the attached photo of the Southbank which Larry Illingworth (3/O) and i developed and printed as he had all the kit with him including an enlarger (good job we paid off in the UK) I assume it was the only berth or were there others
Here's a dramatic press photo (grainy) of her with the after part tilted shortly after the grounding on Washington Island a few years later.
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