5 thoughts on “” FISH” Class vessels

  1. The fish class vessels were in my opinion the best bankline ships built .Their Doxford 4 CYLINDER 670 J type engineswere a joy to sail with, once you got used to the starting &monouvering technique. Also working on the engine units for unit overhauls was quite labòur intensive.BUt boy did you enjoy a few beers afterwards!!!!

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  2. My first trip to sea was on MV Dacebank. I joined it as one of three engineering cadets in June 1979 straight from the builders yard in Sunderland. After sea trials we spent 3 days in Hamburg loading 12,000 tonnes of bulk potash. What a shame for a brand new ship. We then went to Kandla and Mangalore in India where it took 4 weeks to unload by hand with labourers shovelling it into sacks. We then went light ship to Japan to load steel and other products for Iran. Once there we spent 6 weeks at anchor waiting to go into Basra. Before the ship went into Basra we went to Kuwait where I paid off and the ship went back to anchor finally going into port on Christmas day 1979.

    Andrew Akerman

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    1. Hi Andy, I seem to recall your name from possibly the Dacebank on the USA – SouthAfrica run circa 1984/5. I was junior engr at the time. Best wishes Charlie

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  3. Did a short trip on the Dacebank. Joined in London, went to Hamburg for her builders repairs and paid off in Hull. I vaguely remember an all night bender on her. We got to Hamburg late morning, builder’s and cargo work started the next day so we went to ship’s bar for a beer. I left at 3 in the morning, the other appys left at 6:30. God H’burg was cold. It was a long cold day working on deck with the 3/0 (Richard ?Penhaligan).
    Nice ships, but 15 years late. 😦

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    1. Interesting Edward. Yes, they were late to the container party. 10 years before they were built the OCL ‘Baby Bay’ boats were loading over 2000 teu. for the Australian trade.

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