Monthly Archives: October 2013

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16 years old, still in the sea school uniform,and posing for the Discharge Book ‘mugshot’ prior to  entry into the Merchant Navy.  Ready to join the first Bank Line ship , the ‘ Forthbank’.    Cardiff to Trinidad.                                                                     Inchanga 3

M.V. Inchanga    –   one of two so called ‘white ships; running between Calcutta and Durban.  Apprentice in her from 1951 to 1952.   Can still recall the spice smells on the deck, coming up from below.

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                                                    The ‘Ernebank’ in drydock in 1953.   Apprentice in her                                                     on a round the world memorable voyage taking in                                                          Cuba,USA, Japan, Nrew Guinea, and back home viaSuez lasting 8 months.

                                             Westbank-03                                              M.V. Westbank 1953.  Joined her for a trip home   from Durban to Middlesborough with manganese ore.  She had just been dragged off the beach after grounding on an island –  Juan De Nova, in the Indian Ocean, and had temporary iron beams welded on the outside.

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                    Stern view of the 1930’s Irisbank loading grain in Australia.Third Mate                      on her for 2 years and twice around the world before paying off in the                          Gambia and flying home one summers night in 1957

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Southbank 1961 –Apprentice, self as Mate, and third Mate, posing in the alleyway when alongside Harmony Wharf in New Orleans 1961

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Irisbank 1956 – Engineers and Mates plus Electrician and an apprentice at ‘ Smoko’

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The deck crew and the Chief Officer of the Southbank homeward bound in 1961

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The Kelvinbank breaking up at Ocean Island approx 1 year after she grounded

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The ‘ Duke of Lancaster’ in cruising mode 1964

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                                                                               A Bank Line Liberty ship

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last piece of the Southbank on the beach at                                                                     Washington Island, 700 miles south of Hawaii

On the summit of the local volcano in Rabaul PNG – Ernebank 1953

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Maplebank football team 1955

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                          ‘Levernbank’

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