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Completed in 1979 and photographed in her original colours in 1983, the RUDDBANK changed ownership in her first years in service and became the NAPIER STAR.
 

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I was on the Moraybank back in Jan 1948-Jul 1948 a happy ship. Spent a couple of weeks in NZ the rest was spent sailing around the Tongas and Fiji Islands.
 

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Hi yer Old Salt.....,
Always fancied being at sea in the late forties but never made it until '59.
I think Bank Line were Marconi ships and I was with IMRC.
Sounds like a nice 'run' Unfortunately, never made it to the Far East. Would like to have taken a look at NZ. Almost emigrated to S.A. when with Union-Castle but their crazy politics put me off, crazy racists!

Chose Canada and never looked back, except to my days at sea which were great.

Good to have you on the site.

Ian (Admin).
 

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Forgot she was already on the site-good shot although I felt they didn/t have the character of the earlier 70s built series.
 

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Greetings All,
I think Ian is right, most of the Bank Line ships had Radio Officers supplied by Marconi. I think there were a couple of ships in the late 60's-early 70"s who had them supplied by Redifon but am not sure how long that arrangement went for. Bank Line did a lot of trade in the Pacific region in those days and the runs were not bad but I guess the detraction was that they were generally away for 12-15 months at a time. I guess that was pretty normal for a lot of shipping in those days but I wonder how our current seafarers might feel about that these days!!...times have certainly changed a lot.
As a aside in my early seagoing days I was sent to Hamburg by Marconi to join the "Dartbank" - she was just over a year old and had just come out of her first drydock. She was a nice ship, good crew and seemed very well found but alas I never sailed on her, had a serious accident a few days after I joined during boat drill when a winch handle came loose and fractured my skull. Ended up in hospital in Hamburg for a fair while and then a long time off sick after they finally flew me back to the UK.
I often wonder what happened to her and her class, certainly containerisation was beginning to start with a vengeance but the impact would certainly have been delayed for a fair while on a lot of the areas that they traded in.
Doug
 

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Doug Rogers said:
Greetings All,
I think Ian is right, most of the Bank Line ships had Radio Officers supplied by Marconi. I think there were a couple of ships in the late 60's-early 70"s who had them supplied by Redifon but am not sure how long that arrangement went for. Bank Line did a lot of trade in the Pacific region in those days and the runs were not bad but I guess the detraction was that they were generally away for 12-15 months at a time. I guess that was pretty normal for a lot of shipping in those days but I wonder how our current seafarers might feel about that these days!!...times have certainly changed a lot.
As a aside in my early seagoing days I was sent to Hamburg by Marconi to join the "Dartbank" - she was just over a year old and had just come out of her first drydock. She was a nice ship, good crew and seemed very well found but alas I never sailed on her, had a serious accident a few days after I joined during boat drill when a winch handle came loose and fractured my skull. Ended up in hospital in Hamburg for a fair while and then a long time off sick after they finally flew me back to the UK.
I often wonder what happened to her and her class, certainly containerisation was beginning to start with a vengeance but the impact would certainly have been delayed for a fair while on a lot of the areas that they traded in.
Doug
12 to 15 months at a time hey? Marvelous. I work 28DAYS on 28DAYS off & you should hear the cries of woe when the ship has to stay at sea for an extra day or you get called back a day early. Longest I done was 10 months back in 1980 I wanted to do 12 months just to keep my Uncle quiet as he was a 18 monther man when he was at sea.....& there was a war on!! Seamen today.....Where are they? Possibly driving taxi's & thinking of conny- onny. Ha!!
 

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Ahoy,

The name Ruddbank, rings a bell, wasn't she renamed as Lady Rebecca and Global Mariner?......Yep I've found something on her;

M.V.GLOBAL MARINER: was built in the U.K. by Sunderland Shipbuilders, in June 1979, for the Bank Line Ltd. Her original name was RUDBANK and changed to LADY REBECCA . Her length is 531ft. width is75ft. and gt. of 12778 -The Engine is the last of the remaining British designed, opposed piston Doxford 76j4 engines, with average speed of 15.5 knots, and operational crew of 25, with I T F crew of 33I.T.F. (International Transport Worker's Federation) brings together 500 unions in more than 125 countries, that represent nearly one million seafarers and dockers, as well as another four million other union members. She is travelling the world to allow as many people as possible, who receive goods by sea to understand some of the deplorable condition aboard ships who fly Flags Of Convenience (F.O.C.) She is a tweendecker, with watertight doors cut between the empty holds so that you can walk from one hold to another, and in each there are displays, and dramatic images of living and working conditions often found on some of these F.O.C. vessels. When she come to your port, it would be well worth your time to go aboard and have a look around. It has been brought to my attention that this great ship was in a collision with a dry cargo ship the "ATLANTIC CRUSADER" in the Orinoco River in August of 2000 flooding hatches 1 - 4 and she sank very quickly. A sad ending for a great ship.
(GLOBAL MARINER)


 

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I was bosun on the Global Mariner from the time she was converted in Bremen to an exhibition ship to her handover to Clyde Marine as a cadet ship.Probably the best twenty months of my 40 year career.I have recently posted some pics of her during our tour. For the Star men there is a good shot of her as the Napier Star. During her career she was named the Lairg, Napier Star,then Lamport Holt i believe had her during the Falklands campaign
after which she became Tampacheree,Lady Rebecca and finally Global Mariner
 

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Bank Line - 2 Years before the mast!

Interesting to read your comments. I was a 'Marconi Man' and sailed from Rotterdam in September 1958 to Hong Kong on the old liberty ship "S.S. Corabank" built as the "Samfleet" were she was sold in December of that year to the Chinese. Then it was down to Singapore to join "M.V. Eskbank" on the same articles, eventually signing off in Dar-es-Salaam in September 1960. Eskbank traded from Cape Town to Far East via "all ports". The round trip took plus/minus 5 months from CT to CT, or Japan to Japan! Great ship, great crew and great grub! Coupled with interesting ports of call a good and enjoyable two years away from base! Pity the Marconi pay wasn't so great though! Eskbank was also sold to the Chinese some months after I signed off.

Doug Rogers said:
Greetings All,
I think Ian is right, most of the Bank Line ships had Radio Officers supplied by Marconi. I think there were a couple of ships in the late 60's-early 70"s who had them supplied by Redifon but am not sure how long that arrangement went for. Bank Line did a lot of trade in the Pacific region in those days and the runs were not bad but I guess the detraction was that they were generally away for 12-15 months at a time. I guess that was pretty normal for a lot of shipping in those days but I wonder how our current seafarers might feel about that these days!!...times have certainly changed a lot.
As a aside in my early seagoing days I was sent to Hamburg by Marconi to join the "Dartbank" - she was just over a year old and had just come out of her first drydock. She was a nice ship, good crew and seemed very well found but alas I never sailed on her, had a serious accident a few days after I joined during boat drill when a winch handle came loose and fractured my skull. Ended up in hospital in Hamburg for a fair while and then a long time off sick after they finally flew me back to the UK.
I often wonder what happened to her and her class, certainly containerisation was beginning to start with a vengeance but the impact would certainly have been delayed for a fair while on a lot of the areas that they traded in.
Doug
 

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Greetings
Its a long time ago ,but seem to remember loading RuddBank at Gisborne NZ with a full load of grain for Asia,Her first or second voyage she was in new condition. Subsequently on the voyage north she rescued a number of Vietnamese boat people and took them into Hongkong.
Some of you Bankboatmen may remember this, or correct me if I am mistaken.
Best rgds/John B.
 

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I think it was Roachbank that was involved in a rescue of a lot of boat people. This was shortly after the Sibonga (Firbank) had done likewise.
 

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I think it was Roachbank that was involved in a rescue of a lot of boat people. This was shortly after the Sibonga (Firbank) had done likewise.
I think you are right, the Sibonga did her refugee thing the trip after I left her (I was mate); the old man on the Roach (can't think of his name, but he was a fairly new Master) got a gong from the Gov't and the sack from the company...I think they picked up about 150 and were stuck in a detention anchorage in HK for about 6 months...
 

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I have recently subscribed and when I have finished setting up the computer (we have just moved house) I will upload the photographs from the Bank Line magazines that I still have. Some of these contain the crew lists and photographs, also articles on the new and old ships.
 

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Doug,
I joined the Dartbank with you as Chief Electrician. We all travelled out on Harwich ferry. I remember you being clouted with the winch handle. Maybe it was a blessing, we were away 2 days short of 18 months! And the food was grim. Fred Eades took over as R/O, did you know him?
 

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I have recently subscribed and when I have finished setting up the computer (we have just moved house) I will upload the photographs from the Bank Line magazines that I still have. Some of these contain the crew lists and photographs, also articles on the new and old ships.
Hi Rob,

I served on two Bank Line ships, the S.S. Corabank (Liberty Ship on her last voyage under Bank Line flag) and M.V. Eskbank back in 58/59 and look forward to seeing your postings of photgraphs in the future.

ATB
 

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I have recently subscribed and when I have finished setting up the computer (we have just moved house) I will upload the photographs from the Bank Line magazines that I still have. Some of these contain the crew lists and photographs, also articles on the new and old ships.
Hello everybody.Looking for the photogrqphs of Bqnk Line Ships

Roger
 
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