Ralph Bannister

Re my fathers ships and my ships, I have photo's of them all.  I also have a number of other photo's that I can send, eg. Clan MacGillivray in the Manchester Ship canal, Mv Causeway in Panama Canal.

Hope this is of use, I am off on holiday for three weeks but can send more stuff on my return.


Brian Bannister

Ralph Bannister served as 3rd Engineer

Tramping with Clan Line in the 1950’s

I was very intrigued what voyages my late father, Ralph Bannister, made with Clan Line in the 1950’s.  After a visit to the archive centre in London I managed to source voyage records.  I have put a couple of the trips he made in that time.

Strictly speaking the first was a Houston Line ship:  Halizones – ex Clan Murray, the name changed to the former in 1949.  My dad sailed a 3rd Engineer on her from 03/11/1950 to 14/03/1951, the following is the schedule according to the voyage log/card.

He joined the Clan Alpine as a 3rd Engineer in Dundee on 03/08/1951, this trip certainly a Tramp!

Dundee – Charleston SC – Georgetown SC - Baltimore - Philadelphia  – Boston,  – New York – Trinidad – Cape Town – Port Elizabeth – East London – Durban – Lourenco Marques ( now Maputo) - Beira – Morombe, Madagascar – Tulear (now Toliara), Madagascar - Lourenco Marques – Durban – Mossel Bay - Cape Town – Lagos  – Dakar – London – Manchester – Liverpool – arriving back in Glasgow on 15/09/1952

09/11/1950   Sailed Glasgow

10-22/11/1950   Liverpool

05-05/12/1950   Suez Canal transit

09-11/12/1950   Port Sudan

12-13/12/1950 Massowa, also know as Mitsiwa, a port on the Red Sea in Eritrea.

15-16/12/1950   Aden

23-28/12/1950   Bombay, now Mumbai

31/12/1950 – 06/01/1951 Galle, Ceylon, now Sri Lanka

12-16/01/1951   Mormugao, Goa

18/01/1951 Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, a city in the state of Kerala in Southern India. Population today is over 2 million

19-22/01/1951 Cochin, now known as Kochi, western India also in the state of Kerala, also referred to as Ernakulam, which refers to the mainland part of the city.

22-23/01/1951 Alleppey, now known as Alappuzha, again in Kerala

24-26/01/1951 Tuticorin, now known as Thoothukudi in the state of Tamil Nadu on the South East Coast of India.

27-30/01/1951 Cochin

06/02/1951 Aden

11-12/02/1951 Suez Canal Transit

25/02 – 06/03/1951 London

07-10/03/1951 Antwerp

14/03/1951 Glasgow

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