Thank you so much for replying. I believe, though I'm not sure, he may have been made redundant as the result of telling the wheels how it was!
Having lived in Dover off and on throughout my early life (Army child!) I was well used to seeing the Townsend-Thoresen ferries and my mother worked for them in the booking department. One thing Bank Line can be thanked for is instilling a very professional outlook on shipboard work and attention to detail, so Phil's actions were spot on. A real shame to lose him so early; you must have been devastated.He didn't want to go back deep sea since he'd got a family so he joined Townson Thoroson cross channel ferries, which I fear he found a bit tame. He wasn't actually on the Herald of Free Enterprise when the tragedy happened thankfully but I'm very proud to say that the boatswain (or maybe assistant boatswain) mentioned him in his report to the tribunal as being the only chief officer he ever sailed with who checked that the bow doors were shut. Phil told me some time later that he had witnessed a similar accident overseas and so was punctilious about it.
I sailed with Phil on Clydebank June to Sept 76. Phil was Chief Officer and I was Radio Officer. This was a good ship with a good crew, we did a cir***navigation of the world under the command of Capt. John Appleby. I went ashore a few times with Phil and John while down in the Pacific Islands. According to my diary we celebrated the arrival of his first child, other than that I do not have any more memories. I was sorry to read about his passing. Sorry I cannot supply more info on Phil.My brother, Phil Nance, was with Bank Line from 1963 until about 1980. I'm keen to make contact with anyone who sailed with him. The ships I remember were Carronbank, Rosebank and Beaverbank.
I see you posted some pics in your profile but they are hard to find. Lots more will see them if you stick them up in the gallery. I recognise a couple of faces.Haha, not that my Dad needed much excuse for a drink ashore! i have found some old photos of his time onboard Corrabank and Fleetbank. He also sailed on the Laganbank as master, Crestbank, Speybank, moraybank, Hazelbank and Clydebank as Chief Officer. i was even onboard for a few sailings as a baby and i have a certificate to prove i met Neptune Rex! Of course i have no memory of any of these sailings which is a great shame.
Dear Rosie,My brother, Phil Nance, was with Bank Line from 1963 until about 1980. I'm keen to make contact with anyone who sailed with him. The ships I remember were Carronbank, Rosebank and Beaverbank.