NELLA ex Bankline


There were 5 vessels ordered from John Readhead in S Shields just prior to WW2. They all had names beginning with T. i.e. TIELBANK, TESTBANK, TEVIOTBANK, THORNLIEBANK, and THURSOBANK. Only the TEVIOTBANK (above) made it through the war.

She was sold to the Italians after 17 years service when she became the NELLA for 16 more years.

The Italian owned, Panama flag, NELLA was photographed in the River Elbe approaching Brunsbüttel locks on the morning of 28th June 1969 on a voyage from Melilla to Lübeck.

Photo courtesy of Malcolm Cranfield

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