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Fairfield said:
Taken at Grangemouth in 1976.This was one of a long series built on Tyne and Wearside.
Hi Fairfield
very good example of this series of nine sisters british build from 1972.
FLEETBANK-BEAVERBANK-BIRCHBANK-CEDARBANK-RIVERBANK-STREAMBANK-
CLOVERBANK-FIRBANK-NESSBANK and LAGANBANK.
more of these now are broken up
hello
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Looking at the Banks boats brought back good memories of my time on the old Moraybank sailing around the Fiji islands, I can smell the aroma of the islands now to include the Copra.
 

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Greetings Tom! There are quite a few of us ex R/Os who are regulars on this site. Hope to see more of your input over the weeks/months. Welcome!
 

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Beaverbank class

This is bringing back some memories, I sailed on three of this classBeaver in 1978 Lagen in 1979 and Cedar in 1981
 

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Ahhh Jim lad, you should've seen the old Beaverbank, the one that I sailed in. Now there was a ship.
Joking apart the previous Beaverbank really was a beautiful little ship.
 

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Ahhh Jim lad, you should've seen the old Beaverbank, the one that I sailed in. Now there was a ship.
Joking apart the previous Beaverbank really was a beautiful little ship.
totally agree, i was last third mate on the old beaverbank, she was sold on way home to liverpool stayed on board for a couple of nights then we just walked off and left her , no handover or anything, really strange !(Thumb)
 

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totally agree, i was last third mate on the old beaverbank, she was sold on way home to liverpool stayed on board for a couple of nights then we just walked off and left her , no handover or anything, really strange !(Thumb)[/QUOTE

The spectre of you all just walking off leaves me somehow quite sad. I have only one picture of the Beaverbank taken in '68, from shoreside in Gizo. I dug it out to show someone a couple of years ago and never put it away again. It just sits beside my computer.
She was probably my favourite of all time. I met my wife in Cairns on that particular trip and we celebrated our 40th in January of this year.
I remember also on that particular voyage, we did not go straight for copra after finishing in Aussie, but threw in a one-off trip from Adelaide to Japan with salt and then did the Islands for the homeward cargo.
 

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Ahhh Jim lad, you should've seen the old Beaverbank, the one that I sailed in. Now there was a ship.
Joking apart the previous Beaverbank really was a beautiful little ship.
Sailed on the Nessbank which was her sister, and I know what
you mean.

The new Beaverbank looks pretty smart too.

And it's started me off yet again.... why oh why did I leave
when I did.... I should have waited until I got thrown out.:sweat:

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Jim.
 

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Sailed on Beaverbank 63-64. Great little ship, Allan Smith C/Eng, one of the
finest men I ever met, had his wife Jean with him a lovely lady lives in Perth.
Anyone know them please let me know, thanks.
All best,
Norman Best.
 

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Copra boat "Beaverbank"

I was Apprentice on the Beaverbank (one of the copra boats) in 1959/60; unusual trip in that we joined her in drydock at Amsterdam for repairs to damage sustained after she went aground at Fanning Island. Then loaded bagged nitrates at Bremerhaven for Whampoa, just upriver from HongKong. Going up river we grounded and had to lighten ship to refloat. From Whampoa we went to HK, surveyed the damage and deep tanks then went round the Islands loading the usual copra and coconut oil. Home via Halifax NS where we discharged half of the coconut oil.
Other Apprentices were Lefty Wright and PJ Langdon, Master was Capt McFarlane and the Mate C.Davis.
 

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I was "first tripper" in 1967, went aground in Gizo, just before Christmas. Great ship with some fond memories.
Capt. DJR Davies, Mate, Fred Rayner, 2nd Mate Ron Turner, 3rd Mate Peter Harris. Senior Appy Mike Stevens. Sparky, Jimmy Keenan.
 

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Funnily enough just recently painted picture of this vessel....for good friend Roy Willis,from Hull, who sailed on her (engine dept) and Forresbank..

Geoff
 

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I sailed on her last voyage, brought her back to Liverpool , dumping all log books etc over the wall on the way, stayed on board for about 4 days in Liverpool then we just walked off and left her, no handover or anything , really strange feeling. a good old wooden decker , sold to greeks and renamed "eratania"
 

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Somewhere around No3 Berth Grangemouth. I was assistant harbour master there during late 1990s and early 2000s and would like to have seen a Bank Boat there. I only got there on one ship, the Bennevis as a cadet in 1968!
 

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At Grangemouth March 1976, Loading for Abadan, Master W. Langworthy. Mate C.J. Ball
Also loaded M'boro and Thames. Long period anchored @ Shat al arab (sp?).
Jardine Smith will have al the info
Eddie B
 
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