I had the best trip of my life on the Willowbank on the copra run and the story I heard was that the second mate on the Southbank decided to go back to the ship for his stereo and was killed when a large wave hit the boat and he fell heavily against a thwart, presumably breaking his neck.BEAVERBANK of 1953 also grounded on Fanning in the late 1950s but they got her off without too much damage. SOUTHBANK grounded on Washington in 1964: she broke her back was a CTL & abandoned. The second mate was killed when they abandoned ship in the surf.
The Mate was John Matthews and I think it was his wife who wrote the magazine article about it.They scuttled an old hulk to act as an anchor to pull her off the reef on the spring tide.If memory serves Maplebank grounded on her way round from Suva to Lautoka where at full sea speed she missed a course alteration allegedly because the 2/0 was asleep whilst on watch. I met the Mate who was on her at the time (can't recall his name) some time later and he said when she grounded he was thrown bodily from his bunk into a vertical postion! Even allowing for some embellishment it must have been quite a jolt! Yet another report circulated to the fleet for us to read and sign after the event.