David, you brought back vivid memories of this class of Bank boats in which I too served my time. Those who were apprentices on these fine vessels will recall the daily trudge up to the monkey island with buckets of water to fill the water tanks for the old man's bathroom.I was an Apprentice in the "Myrtlebank" in 1949-1950.IF memory serves she was twin screw, with Burmeister and Wayne,blast injection injection diesel engines.Rated for twelve knots,she struggled to manage ten,and that with a following wind.There was a fixed routine at the end of a long voyage.The engines were stopped in turn and the inlet valves were overhauled.Failing this.there was no certainty that the engines would restart after the first port movement.The American pilots in the Panama canal blanched at the sight of her and insisted in a tug at bow and stern for the canal transit.Small starting air reservoirs limited the number of port engine movements that could be made.One of my happier memories,the engines failing to start as we moved remorselessly across Kiddepore docks,embedding ourselves in a "busti".
Unmodernised in 1950 she was a horrible 1925 relic-no running fresh water,baths out of buckets, that had to be heated on the galley stove.
JohnDavid, you brought back vivid memories of this class of Bank boats in which I too served my time. Those who were apprentices on these fine vessels will recall the daily trudge up to the monkey island with buckets of water to fill the water tanks for the old man's bathroom.
I will never forget looking down the engine room skylights and seeing the two agwallahs grinding valves on the top platform in a blue haze of fumes. These engine rooms were truly hellholes for the engineers.
Who could forget watchkeeping on the m.v.Clydebank the vessel on which I served six months — you had the smell of curry on the starboard wing as the galley was abeam the foremast and then when you shifted to the Port wing your nostrils were assailed by the foul smells from the crew toilets — they had no bathrooms and showered from a bucket on deck. we had no bathroom either but a compactum ( I think you called it - but I may be wrong ) which easily overflowed.