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Old 5th April 2018, 14:21
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Allen Jones of Grayson Rollo & Clovers ?? Lossiebank 1956
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Trinidad Poem

Here's a poem written for inclusion in my new book - " Ocean Dreams" due out shortly.

It was inspired by laying at anchor in the Bank Line ships at Point Fortin, Trinidad. It's early dawn, and the barges with the bitumen drums are beginning to approach as the sun rises......


Ode to a Trinidad Dawn


Walking slowly on the deck,
The ship all still and anchored deep,
A dawn begins its magic charm,
As nature wakens from deep sleep.

Shimmering light across the water
As the coolness starts to turn,
Plopping birds making ripples,
And the peeking Sun begins to burn.

The spell is cast for some moments
The feeling of a reverent hush,
Thereís something mystic in the air,
And calm before the daily rush.
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Old 28th February 2019, 06:51
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John Hebblewhite, my father, David John Wood served on Bankline the same years. Do you recall his name by any chance?
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Old 28th February 2019, 06:53
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Hey Charlie Stitt. I've been trying to get access to the Bankline website, but it keeps saying request pending. It's been a few days now. Could you help me out please?
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All things bank line.

Seems like there is still a very active number of ex Bank Line personnel looking in on SN and some other sites. I am getting around 50 visitors each day on my site called http://banklineonline.com and about 150 viewings of the various posts which come under the tagline: "All things Bank Line..." ASHBANK shown below.
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Alan,

After some fruitless attempts to upload photos to Bank Line Nostalgia (BLN) I contacted Charlie (Stitt) and he implied that he was thoroughly p****d off with the website owners and was thinking of retiring. Presumably that would mean the end of BLN.

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Alan,

After some fruitless attempts to upload photos to Bank Line Nostalgia (BLN) I contacted Charlie (Stitt) and he implied that he was thoroughly p****d off with the website owners and was thinking of retiring. Presumably that would mean the end of BLN.

Mike
HI MIKE,
Exchanged emails with Charlie a few times re the site. The latest he told me yesterday was that he would carry on for a bit. When he mooted the idea of handing over, a couple of people contacted Bank Line Association ( Geoff Solomon) but Geoff is fully engaged with other things. Would be a shame to lose the site when there are 400 registered members or close.
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HI MIKE,
Exchanged emails with Charlie a few times re the site. The latest he told me yesterday was that he would carry on for a bit. When he mooted the idea of handing over, a couple of people contacted Bank Line Association ( Geoff Solomon) but Geoff is fully engaged with other things. Would be a shame to lose the site when there are 400 registered members or close.
Hello Alan,

When Charlie mentioned 'retiring' I suggested that maybe the Association might be interested in combining with BLN. I realise that might take a bit of work as with any IT project but it would make sense to have a site for the Association. I speak as someone who knows a miniscule amount about computers, just enought to get by on!

By the way the photo you put up of a H&W 50s/60s Bank Boat in Post #755 - which one was it please?

Mike

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This n that..

Hi Mike,

Was the ASHBANK in the picture. Not sure if you are logging in to my site http://banklineonline.com. ? but I am putting up several photos a day of all the various fleet vessels including sail and steam. The stats tell me that about 50 people a day look in. Probably all the same ones!

Sea Breezes will publish a Bank Line article shorlly that I have put together about the Andrew Weir sailing ship fleet. Have tried to make it interesting with details of the losses / strandings, etc.

How is the blue plaque project going?

Best wishes/Alan
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Hello Alan,

Thanks for the ship's name. The Blue Plaque project is still active. I was advised that the panel of 'experts' who make all the decisions sit twice a year and this or next month should be one of them. Once they make their choice the folk who made proposals will be advised - here's hoping! The last plaque announcement was a few days ago when one was unveiled to Bob Marley the reggae musician. Given that he smoked a lot of dope (matter of public record) I assume that someone as staid and conventional as Andrew Weir won't get a look in but you never know.

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Hello Alan,

Thanks for the ship's name. The Blue Plaque project is still active. I was advised that the panel of 'experts' who make all the decisions sit twice a year and this or next month should be one of them. Once they make their choice the folk who made proposals will be advised - here's hoping! The last plaque announcement was a few days ago when one was unveiled to Bob Marley the reggae musician. Given that he smoked a lot of dope (matter of public record) I assume that someone as staid and conventional as Andrew Weir won't get a look in but you never know.
Hi Mike,

Interesting... Did you make the submission, and thinking about Andrew Weir's achievements, did you stress the common belief that he built and owned the biggest sailing ship fleet by a British owner? I'm sure you did, but was trying to think of a compelling reason for the committee to grant the Blue Plaque. Is there an appeals process, I wonder, in the event that the application is refused.
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Hi Mike,

Interesting... Did you make the submission, and thinking about Andrew Weir's achievements, did you stress the common belief that he built and owned the biggest sailing ship fleet by a British owner? I'm sure you did, but was trying to think of a compelling reason for the committee to grant the Blue Plaque. Is there an appeals process, I wonder, in the event that the application is refused.
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Hello Alan,

My main thrust was the benefits he brought to society by building a shipping concern that employed many hundreds of people and who in turn contibuted to the nation through taxes, etc. Also his success in WW1 when he was brought in by Lloyd George to sort the supply system out and making the logisitics of supply to the Western Front a success. Since the Team haven't returned my application and since I forgot to make a copy I can't recall what else I said!

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Hello Alan,

My main thrust was the benefits he brought to society by building a shipping concern that employed many hundreds of people and who in turn contibuted to the nation through taxes, etc. Also his success in WW1 when he was brought in by Lloyd George to sort the supply system out and making the logisitics of supply to the Western Front a success. Since the Team haven't returned my application and since I forgot to make a copy I can't recall what else I said!

Mike
Thanks Mike, Let's hope it succeeds. I have a gut feeling that the sailing ship fleet build up might carry a lot of weight with the abjudicators. Is it a quango, I wonder?
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Thanks Mike, Let's hope it succeeds. I have a gut feeling that the sailing ship fleet build up might carry a lot of weight with the abjudicators. Is it a quango, I wonder?
Om the same lines as a Quango I'm sure and probably heavily into political correctness. If Andrew Weir had been a cross dressing bi-sexual extrovert then a plaque no problem! Forgive the scepticism and who knows I may be surprised after all.
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Memorable moments....

1950’s - Moments at Sea


The sad farewell….

One of the common experiences of a deepsea mariner that leaves lasting memories is one of departing from a beautiful and special port call. This sad feeling may of course been due to an ad hoc romance, or more generally, just a wonderful few days or weeks enjoying good company, fine food, music, bars, or whatever, but the painful business of sailing out from port, especially in the evening at sunset and leaving it all behind was not something to be forgotten easily. The failing light often complimented the mood, with a receding shoreline astern getting smaller by the minute, marked with twinkling lights and a flashing beam or two. With it went the newly adopted lifestyle with all the pleasures that were just becoming normal, and which were still fresh and vivid in the mind. It could be Durban, Fremantle, Auckland, San Francisco, or any one of number of worldwide ports where the sea buoy signalled the start of a deep ocean passage.

Picture this. The pilot, that last contact with civilization in the mind of the young seafarer, has made it safely to the launch which turns away back to shore. He gives a thankful hand wave and steps into the cabin. The pilot boat rises up and down easily riding the swell. Looking back wistfully from the forecastle, the so welcoming shore is spread wide and bright astern, getting smaller by the minute. The bows are pointing inexorably seawards and the first big ocean swell starts to lift the foredeck, as a puff of smoke signals the engines firing up and the ship slowly surges ahead, pointing out to sea. The fading evening light lends some magic to the scene, and thoughts turn to food and the evening meal as the swell deepens and the bows lift higher. Time to get down the foredeck before it becomes like a fairground ride. Chippy is quickly mixing cement to seal off the chain locker below the windlass and in certain anticipation of solid water coming over the bows.

Yet another passage has begun, and life reverts to a familiar, if dull, routine, leaving only fond and lasting memories, and tempered a little by the mystery of ports to come.
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Great to see the Bank Line sailing successfully through another pandemic.
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There's more!

The Pacific - Heavens Above

A lasting and deeply moving feeling, if only brief, is the magic of a clear sky above a ship in the mid-Pacific ocean. Best seen on a moonless night. When conditions were right, and they often were, it was stunning and unforgettable, verging on breathtaking.

Picture this. It is the Middle watch of 12 to 4 am at night. The sea is calm, the sky is cloudless, and the shipís motion is smooth with just the rhythmic dull throb of the engines. Up above the wheelhouse, on the Monkey Island, there is a panoply of breathtaking proportions waiting to be viewed. Billions of twinkling stars of all different intensities, from horizon to horizon, overlaid by deep belts of intense lights of different hues like a crazy artistís old apron. Flares burst out briefly. Shooting stars erupt and race across the whole backdrop, before fading. Studding the whole sky are the prominent stars and planets making a comforting and familiar pattern, little changed for billions of years. Some stand out with a burning intensity. The tiny human viewer feels irresistibly humbled by the majesty of it all, and for most feeling people, it triggers little-used emotions, and those thoughts we all have from time to time about the very meaning of life. A deep feeling of gratitude to the almighty is common.

A mundane return to the wheelhouse below and normality fails to erase the experience, as the everyday routine resumes. However, the memory will never fade.
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