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Forum: Books, Magazines, TV, Video & Publications 24th October 2021, 13:09
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Posted By Fairwinds
Bank Line

There are several books about life in the Bank Line during the 1950's. The titles are: " Any Budding Sailors". ( A memoir of a life which includes 10 years in the Bank Line); Merchant Navy...
Forum: Books, Magazines, TV, Video & Publications 24th October 2021, 13:05
Replies: 2
Views: 6,575
Posted By Fairwinds
Bank Line enthusiasts - see " Merchant Navy...

Bank Line enthusiasts - see " Merchant Navy Apprentice 1951-1955" which is an account of 4 years plus travelling the world in post war Bank Line ships including a Liberty ship;a coal burning war...
Forum: Bank Line 15th April 2021, 17:55
Replies: 7
Views: 6,815
Posted By Fairwinds
Exchanges

Oops! Sorry Mike, I should have remembered. Thanks for your contribution.
Forum: Bank Line 5th April 2021, 09:30
Replies: 7
Views: 6,815
Posted By Fairwinds
Hi Mike I'm still here, but nothing from...

Hi Mike

I'm still here, but nothing from Alistair lately.
What years were you with Bank Line? Have you seen my site at https://banklineonline.com

Cheers/Alan R
Forum: Bank Line 11th March 2021, 17:51
Replies: 1
Views: 685
Posted By Fairwinds
Bank Line sites

Sorry to see this site is rarely used. I guess there are quite a few now and I list them for folk to see.....

This site. (1)
MeWe ( ex bankline...
Forum: Bank Line 11th March 2021, 17:43
Replies: 15
Views: 13,063
Posted By Fairwinds
Interesting post. I wondered how the change...

Interesting post. I wondered how the change over from Celestial navigation happened and this helps to see how things changed. Me?, I was stuck back in the 50's but thoroughly enjoyed taking star...
Forum: Bank Line 13th November 2020, 20:32
Replies: 15
Views: 13,063
Posted By Fairwinds
A new article entitled, " My INCHANGA world" will...

A new article entitled, " My INCHANGA world" will be published by Sea Breezes shortly. It is an account of life onboard the ship in 1952 running between India and Durban.
Forum: Bank Line 15th June 2020, 19:28
Replies: 15
Views: 13,063
Posted By Fairwinds
Attention all Bank Line folk.... There is a...

Attention all Bank Line folk.... There is a dedicated site with 1800 pages of ship photos, articles, memoirs and lots more like history of the sailing fleet, motorships,steamers,twin screw ships...
Forum: Bank Line 20th December 2019, 17:53
Replies: 0
Views: 7,269
Posted By Fairwinds
Captain Harold Barber

Captain Harold Barber recently ' crossed the bar' . He is fondly remembered by Bank Line colleagues as he served from 1953 when he joined the company as 3/0 on the 'old' Ernebank and went on to...
Forum: Bank Line 19th May 2019, 07:52
Replies: 3
Views: 5,452
Posted By Fairwinds
shipmates

Hi Roger,
Joe was senior App on the Irisbank when I was 3/0 and we slugged it out around the world for nearly 2 years. We were friends post Bank Line, and socialised early on when Joe married, and...
Forum: Bank Line 11th January 2018, 11:04
Replies: 15
Views: 13,063
Posted By Fairwinds
Thanks Bill. - sounds a very suitable name! ...

Thanks Bill. - sounds a very suitable name!

Also thanks for the pm. Much appreciated. Couldn’t email direct due to your blocking preference!
Rgds/Alan
Forum: Bank Line 10th January 2018, 10:40
Replies: 3
Views: 5,452
Posted By Fairwinds
Passing of Joe Coghill

Lost an old shipmate last year - Joe Coghill who sadly passed away after falling victim to melanoma . We sailed together on the Irisbank and later became friends ashore.
RIP Joe.
Forum: Bank Line 10th January 2018, 10:35
Replies: 15
Views: 13,063
Posted By Fairwinds
Inchang

Hi Ron

Had to split the article to accommodate the site limits. Here are the missing lines / cheers.....



In the traditional way of apprentice boys we carried out a variety of tasks around...
Forum: Bank Line 1st December 2017, 09:40
Replies: 15
Views: 13,063
Posted By Fairwinds
Part 2 Of Inchanga days article

On the African coast, we usually had a leisurely stop in Mombasa, where the pace of life in the port was slow and measured. It was the days when B.I's lovely Kampala and Karanja were often in port...
Forum: Bank Line 1st December 2017, 09:33
Replies: 15
Views: 13,063
Posted By Fairwinds
Inchanga days part 1

Here is an article published earlier

Bank Line ' White Ships '
Memories of the M.V. Inchanga,1952

Andrew Weir, the great shipping entrepreneur, and his board ordered 3...
Forum: Bank Line 18th May 2017, 12:24
Replies: 15
Views: 13,063
Posted By Fairwinds
Can recall (just about!) using the old DF System...

Can recall (just about!) using the old DF System on the bridge - before radar knocked it into the history books for good. Seems strange now, but even that tool played its part when sailing along...
Forum: Bank Line 6th May 2017, 07:33
Replies: 0
Views: 6,330
Posted By Fairwinds
Bank Line " White Ships"

Anyone interested in the Bank Line " White Ships", I.e. The Inchanga, Isipingo, and Incomati, might like to read my article in the June issue (due out soon) of the magazine "Shipping Today and...
Forum: Bank Line 3rd May 2017, 09:12
Replies: 15
Views: 13,063
Posted By Fairwinds
Bank Line in the 1950's

Wood decks, open rails, serene quiet progress across the oceans...
stifling heat in the cabins, lucky to have an oscillating fan, or a wind cowel to stick out of the port
steam winches, cracking...
Forum: Bank Line 2nd May 2017, 07:45
Replies: 7
Views: 6,815
Posted By Fairwinds
Avatars

Nice one Alistair! I think we should all use our youthful pics - when we were young, eager, and innocent. Well, maybe not always!
Forum: Bank Line 1st May 2017, 08:26
Replies: 0
Views: 6,258
Posted By Fairwinds
Welcome ex Bank Line - what an experience!

Welcome all ex Bank Line - we are a shrinking band!

I had the privilege of sailing with Andrew Weir's Bank Line for 10 years from 1951 to 1961 at a time when the ships were still being replaced...
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