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Still wallowing in Bank Line nostalgia! My poem....



THE COPRA RUN

It doesn’t seem so long ago,
Joining sometimes in the snow,
But what a life on the Copra run,
Cruising round the Pacific sun!

First, a visit to Gulf Ports,
The hectic loading of all sorts,
Sailing down to the Antipodes
Then island hopping in Southern Seas.

There were those times, - a precious thing,
When island folk began to sing,
The natural lazy way of life,
Free from worry, free from strife.

It was a gift, we never thought,
Just a job that we had sought,
But looking back it was something special
Joining on that Copra vessel.

AAR
 

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I remember the copra run well

Thanks Alan, great memories, having done a Bay of Bengal East Africa service on the Pinebank and the East Africa Asia service on Olivebank, I joined the Weirbank in Rabaul in 1976 and enjoyed that very wonderful meander through the Pacific Islands and then back to Liverpool. Those pesky copra bugs sure had a good bite though, trick was to put some copra bits about the cabin to attract them.
 

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Captured that well! My last trip was a triple header on the Clydebank in 1983, 16 months 3 times round the world before going up for masters at Fleetwood.
 

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brings back pleasant memories did 3 copra runs eastbank forresbank & fleetbank [with this sites Hamish at the helm] makes me wonder dos the copra trade still exist?
 

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Fleetbank (1953 version) on Copra Run

brings back pleasant memories did 3 copra runs eastbank forresbank & fleetbank [with this sites Hamish at the helm] makes me wonder dos the copra trade still exist?
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Gerry, Did you and I sail together on the old "Fleetbank"? Your name rings a bell and since you mention 'Hamish' I am known in some circles by that moniker! Don't know about the survival of the Copra trade. You might want to read about the Bank Line in the 20th Century in the book "The Shipping Wizard of Kirkcaldy" This is shameless soliciting since I wrote it and am flogging it. Actually, it is selling well and seems to be well received. Since SN don't like me to actually do a selling job on their site, you can email me on:
[email protected]

Kindest regards,
Alistair (Hamish) Macnab.
Brooklyn
NY USA
 

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Copra run et al...

Thanks for the nice comments above - much appreciated.

I am putting a poetry book together, and meanwhile if we are promoting Bank Line books, I have 2 available on Amazon as inexpensive ebooks and in print. They are: " Merchant Navy Apprentice 1951-1955". This covers a number of voyages in the ' old' days when the fleet consisted of pre war built vessels, Liberty Ships, Empire ships, and of course, the so called ' White ships'.

The other book is a memoir covering the period from WW2 in the London Blitz, through to post war trips in the Bank Line and onwards through a career in shipping with time in Dubai, Hong Kong, and Singapore, among other places. This one is called, " Any Budding Sailors?", which was the semi sarcastic question that was asked by the teacher prior to me passing the exam for Sea School entry. Little did I know what it would lead to, but it was a sort of Jackpot win looking back on the years in the Bank Line!
 
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