Hi FairfieldFairfield said:Taken on the Clyde in 1976 waiting to dock at Greenock with a sugar cargo.
I spent six and a half months on Gowanbank as senior apprentice in 1977. She was a good ship. We joined in Durban and paid off in Durban having sailed across the South Atlantic, through the Magellen straits, up the West coast of South America, Then went through Panama, loading in the US Gulf for New Zealand. Then up to Singapore and the Far East loadied for the East african coast and back to durban for pay off.Fairfield said:Taken on the Clyde in 1976 waiting to dock at Greenock with a sugar cargo.
Capt. Howe...There's a name from the past, master of the Fleetbank in 1961 when I was Apprentice. He went head-first down the forward oil tank, narrowly missed the floor steam pipes, made a bit of a mess of himself but no broken bones.I was senior apprentice on the maiden voyage of the Gowanbank along with Paul J Wilkinson from Torquay and David Elborn from Belfast. The master was Charlie Howe, Mate David Ward , 2/0 ? Sinclair, 3/0 Charlie Hill. This trip lasted 18 months and we signed of in Rotterdam . She was a happy ship and I enjoyed my time on her I would love to hear from any guys who served on that trip.
Was 2/O on Gowan 1974. Joined Rotterdam at 0100 on a bitterly cold, wet Feb morning at some bulk terminal. They's just had an oil spill during bunkering. Sailed at 0300 for anchor outside in a gale while we secured ship. Then Emden to load VWs for Houston - arrived 0800, sailed 1400! Western Ocean did its worst. Houston in to City Docks, unload, back out to anchor, then back up to load for Aus. Old Man was a complete nutter and was eventually relieved in Aus at Port Philip Roads. Then sugar to Singapore I think, then Far East Africa run. Paid off in Capetown in Oct. Charlie Cain was C/E. One cadet went doollally in Melbourne and attacked another cadet. All good fun. Lot of pay rises in 1974 owing to Callaghan's handling of the economy. Somethin like 25% in 9 months!H&W Belfast got no more build orders from Andrew Weir after the Gowanbank. I heard there was a bit of a fallout so from then on all of Weir's ships were built at Doxford or Swan Hunter yards, and fine looking ships they were. For so many years a Bankboat could always be seen alongside the fitting out berth at Harland's,so from early 1968 it just seemed so strange and a pity not to see one there. ever again.