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Peter Glass

I also sailed on Karanja/MACS as 2nd R/O in February 1956 after spells on Palamcottta, Dara then Itaura and Orna. Karanja was BI commodore ship at that time and Nobby Clarke was Chief R/O. Left Karanja and flew by DC3 from
Bombay to Karachi to join Itaura, still on Karanja Articles but also on new set of Itaura Articles, so on 2 sets of ships Articles in two different Countries as Marconi would not let you be unemployed on the "Coast" in case you decided
to try and get home!! Received the BI Centenary Medal in Adelaide whilst on the Orna, reckon the BI Magazine that month was best ever but mislaid my copy worst luck
Regards Ern Barrett
Excuse me crashing in - a heavy contributor of the Bankline section - but a pal called Peter Glass was a BI stalwart around this time. Anyone have memories of him?

Karanja was often in Mombasa and down the East Coast of Africa when I was plodding around in the Bankline in the 50's. Can tell you she looked a million dollars compared to our existance, and I was usually envious!

Cheers / Alan rawlinson
 

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Excuse me crashing in - a heavy contributor of the Bankline section - but a pal called Peter Glass was a BI stalwart around this time. Anyone have memories of him?

Karanja was often in Mombasa and down the East Coast of Africa when I was plodding around in the Bankline in the 50's. Can tell you she looked a million dollars compared to our existance, and I was usually envious!

Cheers / Alan rawlinson
Alan,

Peter Glass is alive and well and living in France. He has just becomee a subscriber to our occasional newslettter "...calling BI". If you pass me your email address via [email protected], I will forward it to him.

best regards
Lyn Johnson
 

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Hallo Lynn

Many thanks for the email and the info - much appreciated

Peter and I are in touch and we are planning to meet up in Sept. again. Saw him last year at his daughter's wedding in Cornwall.

I have been trying to steer him towards SN, as I have had so much out of it on the Bankline section where I belong!

My query, I suppose was in the hope of getting some juicy tale from his old shipmates!

Best Wishes/Alan



P.S. I was a bit intrigued by your mention of an 'occasional newsletter'
and wonder if this is something we could copy in Bankline. It does sound like someone has to put in a lot of work to edit and collate the material?

sorry to ask you so many questions, but do you ' marry up' the reunion activities with the internet contributors. I ask because the two things are quite separate and distinct with us Bank Liners...
Alan,

Peter Glass is alive and well and living in France. He has just becomee a subscriber to our occasional newslettter "...calling BI". If you pass me your email address via [email protected], I will forward it to him.

best regards
Lyn Johnson
 

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Hi all, Seychelles is my main interest especially film, & I've just got some very rare black & white film of Karanja enroute to Seychelles in 1970, ......it shows passengers on deck plus an announcement
By the captain......
 

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Mike,
I have wonderful memories of the Seychelles. Went down from Bombay and back on the K boats in the mid 50s for six month leave. Stayed at the Pirates Arms in Victoria, a corrugated iron structure, managed by an English woman who spoke Creole. She tried to protect the chastity of her maids. with mixed results.

Praslin is a more beautiful island and there I stayed with a French planter. Prince Phillip called at Victoria in the Britannia without the Queen. Shore leave was allowed and I was on the dock with half the island when she left. Phillip's parting words were "Tie a knot in it Sharky." Loud laughter and cheers from all except the not very popular Commissioner who was heard to ask an aide, "What on earth does he mean.
 

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Can somebody tell me something about Rajula, was she a sister ship?
Rajula was built at Barclay Curle, Glasgow in 1926 and broken up in Bombay in 1974 - an extremely long working life. Her sister ship was Rohna which was lost in the Second World War.

Karanja was built in 1948 by Alexander Stephen and Sons at their Govan yard. Her only sister ship was Kampala where I served as third mate in 1961/62.
 

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Wonderful Seychelles.

Mike,
I have wonderful memories of the Seychelles. Went down from Bombay and back on the K boats in the mid 50s for six month leave. Stayed at the Pirates Arms in Victoria, a corrugated iron structure, managed by an English woman who spoke Creole. She tried to protect the chastity of her maids. with mixed results.

Praslin is a more beautiful island and there I stayed with a French planter. Prince Phillip called at Victoria in the Britannia without the Queen. Shore leave was allowed and I was on the dock with half the island when she left. Phillip's parting words were "Tie a knot in it Sharky." Loud laughter and cheers from all except the not very popular Commissioner who was heard to ask an aide, "What on earth does he mean.
My brother K C Smith was chief with the BI for a long time. I went out to do a job for the defense force in 2001 to Victoria. The pirate arms was still there and I ate some great tuna steaks there. I came home with one of those coco de mer shells which caused me quite a problem in Portland OR airport. I think KC was on the Kampala and Karanja. He passed away I Scotland dec. 27 2013
 

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Rajula

Rajula was built at Barclay Curle, Glasgow in 1926 and broken up in Bombay in 1974 - an extremely long working life. Her sister ship was Rohna which was lost in the Second World War.

Karanja was built in 1948 by Alexander Stephen and Sons at their Govan yard. Her only sister ship was Kampala where I served as third mate in 1961/62.
Wasn't the Rajula the last BI boat working the coast of India. I beleive
She was also one of the last steam recips. I worked on some steam recipe at Barclay Curles Drydock when I was serving my time. You might have known some of my brothers John M Smith. Kenneth C Smith and Alexander M Smith. K C Passed the bar Dec. 27 2014. I never did go to the BI I sailed with Houlders for a while and then went to the oilfeilds when the MN fell apart. The last BI ship I saw was the Suffolk in Aquaba and she was on her way to be scrapped.
 

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SEYCHELLES / Karanja

My brother K C Smith was chief with the BI for a long time. I went out to do a job for the defense force in 2001 to Victoria. The pirate arms was still there and I ate some great tuna steaks there. I came home with one of those coco de mer shells which caused me quite a problem in Portland OR airport. I think KC was on the Kampala and Karanja. He passed away I Scotland dec. 27 2013
Hi thanks for this info! small world ! Pirates arms is still there, but the SEYCHELLES culture & tradition has faded fast, with Arab & Asian Influences prevalent , DO you have any FILM of SEYCHELLES at all please?
 

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I believe the Rajula had the honour of being the largest carrier of passengers in her day, she was on the India/Malaya/Singapore run when I was with B.I, although most of her passengers were of the "Deck" variety. Believe the most hated B.I ship was the Amra on the Karachi/Chittagong run with only a stop for
bunkers at Colombo, also the only B.I. jazz to sink in drydock whilst undergoing
repairs in Kowloon Dock.
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Hi Does anyone have FILM or Photos Of Seychelles Please ?
I collect film footage of these islands and have the largest collection in the world, always seeking more. I have Film of the airport being built by Costains
and Film onboard The Karanja, 1970, plus lots more . Please can anyone assist
Thanks. [email protected]
 
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