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Bank Line

Post by peter sommerville » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:58 am

Were still going long after a lot of the well known names had gone - Sadly Bank Line also are no longer
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Ivybank - possibly the last Bank Line vessel to visit the Clyde

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Re: Bank Line

Post by E28 » Sat May 28, 2011 6:03 pm

Well. i have been on the electronic ether to check out the Bank line.

Frankly, it seems rather confusing, but it would appear that it has morphed into something called Andrew Weir Shipping.

Doesn't exactly roll of the tongue, and smacks of the usual massive ego of the new owners.
Would be interesting to see their house flag.
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Re: Bank Line

Post by Malim Sahib » Sat May 28, 2011 9:14 pm

E28,
Bank Line didn't morph into Andrew Weir shipping, quite the opposite in fact as 'Bank Line' was one of the trading names of the "Andrew Weir Shipping and Trading Co", all setup up by a certain chap named Andrew Weir in 1885.
Weirs sold Bank Line to China Navigation (another long lived Shipping company) in 2003, however Weirs retained the ownership and technical management of the ships themselves. In 2009, what with the economic recession and the vessels concerned having reached the end of their useful lives, the ships were scrapped and the service/name dropped.
Bank Line could really be considered the final survivor of the golden age of the Merchant Navy - when it passed into oblivion a couple of years ago it truly was the end of an era.
Thankfully Andrew Weirs are still around, and indeed own a 25% stake in my current employer, which also happens to be the very last British owned, British run, British flagged and fully British crewed deepsea shipping company.
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Re: Bank Line

Post by davidwat » Sat May 28, 2011 9:19 pm

Well, of course, Andrew Weir Shipping Co., was always the "official" name, but,in the trade they were always known as Bank Line because of their naming tradition. Most of the UK shipping companies had the same colloquial names given to them, e.g. Clan Line, Blue Flue, City Line, Paddies, etc. When I went to sea I never went with Cayzer Irvine & Co., I went with Clan Line.
Now there's this chappie, Angus, with a hyphon, he didn't go to sea at all-----he went with Bee Pee------heh heh heh.
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Re: Bank Line

Post by Malim Sahib » Sat May 28, 2011 9:22 pm

David,
Bank Lines other moniker was "Andrew Weir Chipping & Slaving Co", usually by the Apprentices!
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Re: Bank Line

Post by E28 » Sat May 28, 2011 9:41 pm

Many thanks to the pair of you, Jim and David, on clarifying this for me, and others no doubt.

It is good to have such knowledge here on Clydemaritime, and that we all share that for the benefit of our wider audience.

Personally, i put the post up due to my lack of knowledge on this subject matter.
It was inevitable a sound and professional reply would be forthcoming.

Maybe you could expand on the Bank Line and give us a better insight as to its history, in due course.
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Re: Bank Line

Post by yorkieman » Sat May 28, 2011 9:51 pm

Sean, if you seek further details re Weir/Bank or any other major lines, suggest you look first at The Ships List site, where a potted history usually precedes a full fleet list e.g.

http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/bank.htm

Othe sources are the many company histories published by the World Ship Society or other publishers.
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Re: Bank Line

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sat May 28, 2011 10:22 pm

davidwat wrote:Well, of course, Andrew Weir Shipping Co., was always the "official" name, but,in the trade they were always known as Bank Line because of their naming tradition. Most of the UK shipping companies had the same colloquial names given to them, e.g. Clan Line, Blue Flue, City Line, Paddies, etc. When I went to sea I never went with Cayzer Irvine & Co., I went with Clan Line.
Now there's this chappie, Angus, with a hyphon, he didn't go to sea at all-----he went with Bee Pee------heh heh heh.

Aye, Deckie-Type, and before that he went to a wee Island school, where he learned amongst other things how to spell ... you know, words like hyphen ...... ? Hee! Hee! yersel ya aul' wallupur ....
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Re: Bank Line

Post by E28 » Sat May 28, 2011 10:24 pm

Again thanks to you all, and those leads to look elsewhere, which frankly i find can be rather incomplete, and often wrong.

I prefer to get my facts from reliable sources, and from that view, am very keen to hear from members of this site re the Bank line and its associated offshoots.

When, like me, you are grey navy, the trade navy can be very confusing, and frequently, non sensical.
We all have our areas of know how, and as this is the Bank Line thread, it is Bank line history and ships i expect to find on it.

I should also add re the WSS, they produce much fine work. I have many of their warship class books. They are by no stretch of the imagination the definitive article, with huge errors and omissions amongst those volumes.
Read my posts on the E52, and no one on this earth can put that together for you.
Except me.
This is the first time it has ever been announced and published. Anywhere. Worldwide.

On this site, i expect the same from other contributors.
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Re: Bank Line

Post by yorkieman » Sun May 29, 2011 7:35 am

You can expect E28, but this is one person who has not got the time to reproduce just for you a detailed history of the Bank Line. Good luck if you find such a person. Which line(s) will you 'expect' after that? Suggest buy the WSS published Bank Line book. You seem not to trust the printed works of others. OK so rarely is any historical research 100% correct. But at least people have done their best. Have you published anything yourself ..... naval presumably? Clearly you have a lot to offer the world.
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Re: Bank Line

Post by yorkieman » Sun May 29, 2011 7:47 am

ALYNBANK
1925, 5151grt
Harland & Wolff, Govan (676) for the Bank Line
9/1940 converted to Anti-Aircraft vessel
1941 bought by Ministry of War Transport
Sunk on 9/6/1944 as part of Gooseberry No.3 harbour at Arromanches, raised 12/1945 and broken up at Troon
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CONGELLA
Seen at Beira in May 1938
1914, 4533grt
Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (210), laid down as NEUMARK
Completed as SECUNDUS, Hamburg-Amerika Line
Ceded to France in 1919, various French owners under same name
1927 SAGAMI, Barber S.S. Lines
1927 MINDORO, Phoenix Navigation, London
1933 CONGELLA, the Bank Line (A. Weir)
Sunk by shells and torpedo by the Japanese submarine I.10 on 24/10/1943, 01.02N 71.14E
Calcutta for Mombasa and Durban
CONGELLA1914.jpg
ERICBANK
1944, 7274grt
Bethlehem-Fairfield, Baltimore (2307)
Completed as SAMEVERON
1947 ERICBANK, Bank Line
1959 NAN HAI 146, Republic of China
No trace after 1974
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Re: Bank Line

Post by yorkieman » Sun May 29, 2011 7:49 am

ETIVEBANK
1944, 7308grt
Bartram & Sons, Sunderland (303) as EMPIRE ADEN
1948 ETIVEBANK
1955 ALCYONE FORTUNE
1958 NORTHERN VENTURE
Aground on Adaga Shima, Okinawa on 9/6/1967, CTL, broken up at Okinawa 8/1967
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FLEETBANK
1953, 5690grt
Harland & Wolff, Belfast (1458)
1970 LADY UTE
1976 OSIA CHRYSOVALANDOU II
Detained at Sidon in 4/1978 under the unregistered name CAMELIA
Laid up at Bizerta, broken up there 4/1983
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FOYLEBANK
1930, 5582grt
Harland & Wolff, Belfast (878) for the Bank Line
9/1939 The Admiralty - anti-aircraft ship
Bombed and sunk at Portland on 4/7/1940
Sections raised and broken up at Grays 1949 and 1952
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Post by yorkieman » Sun May 29, 2011 7:52 am

FOYLEBANK
In the Greenland Dock, Surrey Commercial, London on 16/3/1971
1955, 5671grt
Harland & Wolff, Belfast (1541)
1972 PATROCLOS
Wrecked on 3/4/1980 in 22.05N 84.50W, refloated and broken up at Cubanas, Cuba in 1989
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GOWANBANK
In the India & Millwall Docks, London on 9/9/1972
1968, 10365grt
Harland & Wolff, Belfast (1674) for the Bank Line
1980 KAVO GROSSOS
Broken up at Sachana, arrived 17/6/1985
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HOLLYBANK
1964, 6310grt
Wm. Doxford, Sunderland (862) for the Bank Line
1979 NIKITAS F
1987 NONOS
Broken up at Alang, arrived 2/3/1990
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Re: Bank Line

Post by yorkieman » Sun May 29, 2011 7:54 am

INCHANGA
1934, 7069grt
Workman Clark, Belfast (531) for the Bank Line (A. Weir)
50 1st., 20 2nd. and 500 native passengers, employed on the India-Natal Line
Broken up at Ghent arrived 23/7/1964
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LEVERNBANK
1961, 6434grt
Harland & Wolff, Belfast (1638) for the Bank Line (Andrew Weir)
Stranded in fog north of Matarani on 9/7/1973, Chittagong for Buenaventura
Refloated 11/7/1973 but broke from tow and sank, 16.58N 72.09W
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LINDENBANK
1961, 6396grt
Wm. Doxford, Sunderland (883)
Wrecked off Fanning Island on 17/8/1975 en route from Kimbe for the U.K.
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Re: Bank Line

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sun May 29, 2011 12:03 pm

Excellent compilation, Yorkieman, thanks for posting. They were a great Company by all accounts and quite a number of engineering apprentices I knew on Clydeside ended up pursuing their Merchant Navy seagoing careers with Andrew Weir's Bank Line. Suffered many war losses in the two great wars too.
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Re: Bank Line

Post by yorkieman » Mon May 30, 2011 7:47 am

... and there's more

LUXMI
1924, 4148grt
Harland & Wolff, Glasgow (642) for the Bank Line
Built for the Rangoon - South Africa service
12 1st., 20 2nd. and 400 emigrant passengers
Broken up at Hong Kong, arrived 29/4/1961
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NESSBANK
Arriving at Newcastle Quay on 15/6/1967
1953, 5690grt
Harland & Wolff, Belfast (1457) for the Bank Line (Andrew Weir)
1973 ARIS
1978 TITHIS
Broken up at Gadani Beach, arrived 26/2/1981
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OLIVEBANK
1962, 8530grt
Harland & Wolff, Belfast (1640) for the Bank Line (Andrew Weir)
1978 GOLDEN LAGOS
Broken up at Kaohsiung, arrived 23/1/1984
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Post by yorkieman » Mon May 30, 2011 7:51 am

RIVERBANK
1957, 6318grt
Wm. Doxford & Sons, Sunderland (818) for the Bank Line (Andrew Weir)
1974 GOLDEN SEASON
Broken up at Huangpu, arrived 20/7/1985
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ROWANBANK
1943, 7262grt
Permanente No.1 yard, Richmond Cal. (2099, launched as JOHN REED
completed as SAMPFORD under Lend-Lease
1947 ROWANBANK, Bank Line
1959 TAIWIND
Collided with tanker ST. MATTHEW on 25/7/1966, towed to Uraga, CTL
Broken up at Yokosuka in 1967
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TEAKBANK
1958, 6303grt
Wm. Doxford & Sons, Sunderland (380) for the Bank Line (Andrew Weir)
1975 NEWTON
Broken up at Calcutta 8/1979
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TROUTBANK
Taking to the water on 26/4/1979
1979, 12778grt
Sunderland Shipbuilders, Deptford yard, Sunderland (907) for the Bank Line
(subcontracted from the Pallion yard)
1987 BRIJ
1999 ALIN
2000 ACCORD 1
Broken up at Alang, arrived 24/4/2002
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Re: Bank Line

Post by yorkieman » Mon May 30, 2011 7:52 am

TYNEBANK
1934, 4651grt
J. Readhead, South Shields (506)
1955 INCHJURA
Broken up at Sakai 12/1959
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WEYBANK
1945, 7368grt
Wm. Doxford, Sunderland (724)
1962 SILVER MOON
Broken up at Kaohsiung 4/1968
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Re: Bank Line

Post by E28 » Mon May 30, 2011 3:35 pm

George, i am very grateful for you adding these to further the Bank line here.

It gives people like me a far better understanding of the ships employed with a good resume of what is no doubt a far more significant line than i ever imagined.
Something to be extremely proud of.

Would the names have been selected by the Company directors of the times.
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Re: Bank Line

Post by yorkieman » Mon May 30, 2011 4:39 pm

Sean, it was indeed a major line serving most continents but specialising for passengers in the India-South Africa trade (see INCHANGA / LUXMI below) until 1960's and in its later years the South Pacific islands, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia/Singapore.
We saw them in Hull only with copra inward in 1960/70's but then the outward service relocated from Cardiff so it became a turnround port mainly with palm oil inwards (in deep tanks) and mixed general cargo outward. The last ships were ex Russian ice-strengthened vessels, very handy for the Pacific! The service came under the Swire group before finally ending a couple of years ago. Sad to see the famous BANK names disappear.
Vessel names I am sure would be the prerogative of the Directors in the parent Andrew Weir group, Bank Line Ltd. was wholly owned by them.
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Re: Bank Line

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Mon May 30, 2011 6:15 pm

Earlier on today I typed out the remarkable story of the SPEYBANK / DOGGERBANK, one of Bank Line's many war losses, and then carelessly lost it - presumably I hit something other than the 'Send/Submit' button - and I'm not up for typing it all out again ... grrrr. Captured and taken as a prize by the German Raider ATLANTIS (Raider 'C' / Schiff 16) but subsequently torpedoed by U-43 who mistook her for a Blue Star liner.
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Re: Bank Line

Post by E28 » Mon May 30, 2011 7:57 pm

Foylebank. 1930.
If you return to the bottom of the 3 pictures on post 12, shortly after the outbreak of WW2 she was requisitioned for conversion to an auxiliary anti aircraft ship, converted by Harland and Wolff.
Now armed with 8 - 4" twin mounts and 8 - 2 pdr guns, she was sent to help protect the naval harbour at Portland, Dorset, where in early June 1940 she arrived and was placed at A buoy, right in the middle of the harbour, to give her guns wide arcs of fire.
She was also very visible and ultimately, vulnerable.
Under the command of captain Henry P Wilson, on the 4 July 1940 she was attacked at her buoy and sunk with serious loss of life amongst her men, being hit by 22 bombs.
176 were lost during the onslaught, amongst them leading seaman Jack F Mantle, who would be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his valour on that day.
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Re: Bank Line

Post by Deepol » Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:29 am

FLEETBANK, one of the series fitting out at Sunderland in November 1972. Built at the Deptford yard she remained with Bank Line till 1981 when she was renamed FLORIDA. As BERRY she was broken up at Gadani Beach in November 1986 following a grounding.
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Re: Bank Line

Post by Colin Campbell » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:02 am

Built in Finland for Russia, Bank line purchased four sisterships one of which here as SPEYBANK.
Originally OKHA she was broken up 2009 as MAHINABANK. Registered Isle of Man while with Bank Line.
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