NORTHBANK at VENICE
Photo courtesy of Sean Stocker
SIBONGA / FIRBANK
Vietnamese refugees onboard SIBONGA in Hong Kong, prior to landing in 1979.
The 1961 TESTBANK
Forthbank alongside Bell Bay Tasmania 5th Sept. 1977
Photo credit – Malcom Cranfield
CORABANK rigging plan…
Some of the rigging diagrams etc for the M.V. CORABANK kindly provided by John Bage who was with Swan Hunter Ltd, South Shields, the builders.
Arriving Rotterdam 15.5.75
Photo courtesy of Malcolm Cranfield
Places we visited…….
A regular call for many Bank Line ships engaged on the U.S. loading programme, and an occasional port for all of the vessels.
The port in the 1950’s
The port today
INCHANGA AND ISIPINGO
The old ‘ white ships’ photos – both twin screw, running between Calcutta and Durban with many stops between. A pungent aroma of rich spices was strong in the alleyways, coming from tween deck ventilators situated there. Plenty of anchor work, cargo and passengers, and a sort of poor man’s ” Somerset Maugham” atmosphere onboard!
A trio were built, but the third vessel named INCOMATI was torpedoed off of the W African coast in WW2. One person died.
The apprentices ( Ian Harvey and the author) with a girl passenger.
This report covers a voyage back in 1969 and is kindly provided by Peter Ferrer who was 2/0 onboard. His detailed notes and plans etc follow. Although this is 1969, it is a typical ‘go anywhere’ Bank Line voyage, looked upon with great nostalgia today, and not only by those serving in the company – as evidenced by the envious comments sometimes read on ‘facebook’ about the Bank Line experience.
Please click on the links 1,2,3, and 4 above to see cargo plans, photos, crew list etc – a complete and valuable record.
pre-order available on AMAZON
A new book due out in April. All of the 22 vessels either sunk or captured by the German raider ATLANTIS are described, plus new and original details about the capture and conversion of the SPEYBANK.
The beautifully designed TWEEDBANK, the subject of the attached voyage record and photos -kindly submitted by Peter Ferrer
Opening the file above will show photos and records of a 6 month voyage back in 1967 – Happy days!
5th Engineer W J Kane 6th Engineer A P Humphrey Simon & me
A new book is underway – available 2022
A new book is underway… It will be the full story of the fate of the SPEYBANK – The capture by the German raider ATLANTIS, conversion to the DOGGERBANK, loss in error to U-43, and the agonising boat journey of the survivors which left only 1 man alive. Plus some accounts of the victims of the German ships, including the Blue Funnel ship yielding most important secrets. This tale is better than fiction!
2022 here we come……..
Cloverbank – old and new – A slideshow
1957 – 1970 and 1973 – 1981
Photo Credits: https://redensignships.co.uk
The Arunbank purchased in 1995. Built in Helsinki 1983
Picture credits: redensignships.com
Photo courtesy of Peter Ferrer
The 1976 built CEDARBANK shown at her best
transitting the Panama Canal at night 1966
Photo courtesy of Peter Ferrer
A FLEETBANK Copra run
Grateful thanks to Peter Ferrer who has sent in the following pictures and details of his voyage as second apprentice on the FLEETBANK way back in the 1960’s!
2nd Trip Details on M.V. Fleetbank Apprentice P G Ferrer
Below are the details of a typical copra run when I was 2nd apprentice. I didn’t take many notes but did record all the crew, ports, distances etc which are shown below. Digital cameras were not invented and as an apprentice money was short, so taking pictures was at a premium. Many accounts have been written of the Copra run and mine was no different, but Washington Island and Christmas Island were an experience not to be forgotten.
The view from the remote Washington Island. The stranded SOUTHBANK in the foreground with the FLEETBANK standing off.
Southbank wreck on Washington Island
A distant view of the stranded and wrecked SOUTHBANK on Washington Island 1965. Taken from the FLEETBANK – photo courtesy of Peter Ferrer
A full account of the tragedy with pictures can be seen on this site ( search for Southbank)
The wreck shortly after grounding
Pictures courtesy of https://redensignships.co.uk
The 1964 built Hazelbank. The last name she sailed under was Golden Singapore.
Grateful thanks to https://redensignships.co.uk
Bank Line ship art……
A parade (click on the arrows)
Thanks to https://junglecat.de for his paintings
Group photos from years gone by….
Group photos from the sailing era….
Books as Xmas presents……
About the Bank Line……
” Merchant Navy Apprentice 1951-1955″
” Any Budding Sailors”
Available from AMAZON
(Use arrows below – left or right – to scroll through the last 100 posts – enjoy the trip!)
Places we visited….
Kobe was a regular call for Bank Line vessels
The ‘old’ ERNEBANK visited Kobe with bagged sugar for discharge
The Kobe, or Great Hanshin, earthquake struck in the pre-dawn hours of January 17, 1995, with a magnitude of 7.3 near the city of Kobe, about 350 km (210 miles) southwest of Tokyo. It killed more than 6,400 people. Damage was estimated at $100 billion.
Pictures of the modern port
See the book below. Available on Amazon
“Merchant Navy Apprentice 1951-1955”
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This is a list of some earlier posts in a random order. Just click on the heading and download any to read.
- "Any Budding Sailors" is an ebook. (Also in print) This is an account of life in the iconic Bank Line in the 1950's and much more.
- "Merchant Navy Apprentice – 1951-1955".
- 1909 Levernbank enquiry
- 1950's Bank Line
- 1950's snapshots
- 2020 CALENDAR
- A Bank Line inspired Poem
- A Liberty Ship Apprentice (Article)
- A Voyage around the world in Coronation Year 1953 in M.V. Ernebank. ( An article that can be downloaded)
- About the site…..Much of the content is Bankline history
- About this site …….
- An IRISBANK voyage in the 1950's
- APPRENTICE INDENTURES FROM 1950. (See first year pay of £55) offer of an apprentceship and a and list of kit to purchase…..
- Article re " A Bank Line Voyage"
- Bank Line 1885-1985
- Bank Line House magazines
- Bank Line People
- BANK LINE'S " White Ships"
- Bank Line's South Sea Adventure
- Bank Lines love affair with the Pacific Islands..
- Beaverbank – one that got away!
- BELFAST SHIP RECORDS
- Blue Plaque project
- Book Treats -Maritime +
- Books for sale
- Books for sale.
- British-Mexican Petroleum Co Ltd. (Andrew Weir Managers)
- Click the Q symbol to SEARCH
- Cloverbank 1980
- Compliments card….
- Contact info…
- Corabank, and the Liberty ship story.
- Forresbank Enquiry
- Foylebank in WW2
- How to browse the site
- Inchanga Days – An article about Bank Line's 'white ships'
- India/Africa service vessels with passengers and cargo…… (see " Inchanga Days", an article about life on board in 1952)
- Interesting Web Sites
- Inver Tankers Ltd
- Kelvinbank – First Trip
- LINDENBANK LOSS 1975. (Loss report in full)
- M.V. Southbank – Washington Island and Press cuttings from the time…
- M.V. Springbank
- M.V. Testbank
- MARITIME BLOG – Random thoughts on Maritime History, or today's events………………
- Maritime reading
- MASTER AT LAST…
- Meadowbank loaded down
- MOVE CURSOR OVER THE HEADINGS HERE TO SEE A LIST OF ITEMS FOR SELECTION
- Pages and Posts
- PHOTO FEAST – Images from the Maritime world
- Poems about the Bank Line experience
- Projects and Events
- Sailing Ship Cedarbank Crew
- Sailing Ship Fleet
- Sailing ship Olivebank in 1898
- Sailing Ship Stories
- Sailing ship, Isle of Arran. Purchased in 1895 and served 20 years in Andrew Weir's. Captured and sunk by a U boat in 1917.
- Sea Chest
- SHIP ART
- SHIP SHOWCASE
- ship showcase………
- Sibonga Rescue 1979
- SIBONGA RESCUE REUNION
- SITE MAINTENANCE DONATIONS MOST WELCOME!
- SOME OTHER CLASSIC SHIPS ……
- Southbank and her Sisters (published article)
- The Engine Room
- The Log Of Davy Jones
- The Pilot
- The Ship List – Bankline early ships and their fate…….
- The TRENTBANK loss…
- Thornliebank – suffered the worst fate in WW2. Torpedoed when full of ammunition in 1941 and blew up killing all on board.
- Trentbank Video
- VERSE of the Sea
- Vintage Group photos from earlier times…
- Welcome to Bank Line Plus…………