Monthly Archives: April 2021

IVYBANK videos

These are screenshots from one of the videos kindly posted by Rob Wright on YouTube for the world to see. Here are the links… (The Bridge) (Ship’s tour) (The engine room) (Christmas Day)

Thanks to for the nudge!

BANK LINE Passages…

The Straits of Magellan

For many years from the sailing era to modern times, Bank Line ships passed through the challenging Straits of Magellan en route to the discharge ports of Chile and Peru, and occasionally sailed back from West to East. (Maritime History shows that few sailng ships used the passage due to the need for expensive tugs throughout)

In 1958 the MORAYBANK had a narrow escape as described below.

Pearling Luggers in the Torres Strait

Bank Line navigators and others will remember the passage often used when leaving the Australian east coast and bound to the North. The Torres strait pilotage was a special event in many long voyages.

An extract……

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Many thanks to Captain Geoffrey Walker who penned this interesting account

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An Apprentice’s memory

A great view of the ‘old’ WEYBANK

This is an account by Captain Geoffrey Walker who had a typical Bank Line apprenticeship, and who later went on to command many other company vessels in a highly interesting and varied career. He is now a successful author and contributor to shipping magazines, with his many articles much sought after.

Click below to read the full article




An aerial view of New Plymouth with Mount Egmont in the distance

New Plymouth, on the north island of New Zealand, was a regular port for Bank Line vessels, either discharging the last of the import cargo from the USA Gulf Ports, or more often as a discharge port for Phosphate.

New Plymouth Port

The Liberty, MAPLEBANK after discharging a full cargo of Phosphate Rock from Ocean Island



Sydney Harbour, always a magnificent site and a welcome port call for all the Bank Line ships. All the delights of a major city, with the added prospect of easily arranged on -board parties.

The MEADOWBANK at Sydney
The SOUTHBANK at Sydney witha ” Just Married” sign on the occasion of Captain Carney’s marriage there during a visit.



Bank Line stalwarts from the Copra run will no doubt remember seeing the Burns Philp vessels that served the area, and the crews that were S. Pacific regulars. The unique atmosphere in the islands, the sights, sounds, and aroma were unique.

Captain Geoffrey Walker who was a long term Master on other vessels in the area has penned this excellent article and fleet history. An extract is below, and the full article is available by clicking on the download button.

Many thanks to Geoff. His site is here:-



Another interesting article from Captain Geoffrey Walker

A picture of “Graigfelen.”from the article….

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Readers interested in the author should see his book titled, ” A Tramp For All The Oceans” and visit the website full of maritime items –


A nostalgic look at the Maritime world.

Welcome to – Bankline- Plus. This is a site for mariners everywhere, old and new. Modern seafarers face the same perils but with vastly different resources and tools. It is full of photos, articles, accounts, and much more. It was started to celebrate the achievements of Andrew Weir, the Lord Inverforth, between 1885 and recent times, but now includes interesting posts from all around the marine world. Please explore the site and enjoy all of the material. Use the ‘Q’ symbol to search for a particular item or vessel. Grateful thanks go to all of the contributors.

A book detailing 1950’s life in the Bank Line. Available on AMAZON


“Voyaging with Icons” is the title of an inexpensive ebook available on AMAZON . It describes several long voyages back in the days without air conditioning or bars on board!

Or visit my bookstore where you can buy directly a range of titles. click on the link below

World Fleets


Not BANK LINE material, but the beginning of original and informative articles written by an ex Bank Line Apprentice who went on to command a variety of ships for many years. His published works include ” A Tramp For All The Oceans” and his numerous articles are in demand by the shipping magazines.


Please click on the button below to download the full article

A special thanks to Captain Geoffrey Walker.

See the interesting maritime site at

BANK LINE Ports…..


Kilindini Harbour

Mombasa in Kenya was a regular and popular port for Bank Line ships. It was on the round trip itinerary of the INCHANGA and the ISIPINGO between Durban and Calcutta. The harbour of Kilindini and the creeks beyond were ideal for sailing or motoring around in the ship’s lifeboats for pleasure.

Apprentices and an engineer on a lifeboat trip to Port Reitz hotel 1952

Kilindini Berths in the 1950’s


Here is an interesting article about a HK shipping company written by Captain Geoffrey Walker who was a Bank Line apprentice in the 1960’s.

“Shun Wah” ex Bradford City

To read the full interesting article, please click on the download button or text below.

Many thanks to Geoff Walker. His maritime site, full of interesting material, articles, pictures, and reflections can be found at