Here's another one - a report - End of a Global Odyssey on her sinking, on a webpage that I made up at the time for practise. And er-rrr, the text 'borrowed' from the NUMAST 'Telegraph' and/or Lloyds' List.Bob S said:That’s what I like, a concise history.
Hi Duncan: You are correct, she was built as "Ruddbank"; after 19 years my memory was faulty. When I consulted my notebook at the office today, I realised that I was also incorrect in saying that her name was "Tamahine". She was named "Tamapatcheree" when I inspected her at Liverpool N.S., but she was owned by Tamahine Shipping. Alan.Global Mariner was formerly "Ruddbank", certainly Bamford owned the "Crestbank" whilst she was laid up int he Fal - don't know about any others though.
I was second mate on her in the late 80’s when she was the Lairg. She had Velle derricks I think.She was a "Bank Boat" albeit a bit more sophisticted than earlier models! I was Chief Mate on her in 1981 and we did the USA-South Africa service; two round trips from Baltimore then leave.
The writing was on the wall however, the amount of cargo was pitiful in terms of generating income, so inevitably the service ended. On our second run we passed a sister ship the Tenchbank (all the class named after fresh water fish - a nod in the direction of the owner's green credentials) which was down to her marks and via VHF we established that she was full and down only because of bulk cargo of some mineral or other from Richards Bay; not a good way of operating a liner service.
Bank Line had the rights to that service dating from the 1930s and had indeed operated it then but trade dried up until they tried again in the 1980s.
Hello John,I was second mate on her in the late 80’s when she was the Lairg. She had Velle derricks I think.
Do you happen to remember the hatch opening arrangements? I remember pontoons possibly in number 1 and 5? Single tweendeck and lower hold or two tween decks? I remember using defricks to open tween deck hatches but what about on deck? Were they electric?
Thanks MikeHello John,
Took me a while to work out what thread this post was on! That said, the Fish Class had pontoons in No1 TD, No2 TD and No5 UTD and LTD - slow, ***bersome and not popular with box terminals when only carrying boxes! The main deck hatches were, if memory serves, electrically or hydraulically operated. Tween Deck covers in Nos 3 and
4 were either wire and blocks operated from the masthouse top (I could be confusing this with the Fleetbank Class) or also hydraulic. I'm really struggling to remember but I'll ask in the Bank Line forum, so keep an eye on that.