Places we visited….


Suva in the Fiji islands was a regular call for Bank Line vessels that provided a steady stream of ships picking up Copra and sundries, like meal. The old Suva was a welcome call with all of the Pacific island charm, but today it is well and truly on the tourist trail, with all that that means. Staged shows, walks, performances, etc. A stream of huge liners call regularly and have transformed the wealth and economy,for the better or maybe the worst. A military junta runs Fiji but it is a popular destination. Back before the flood gates opened it was a different and slower paced world. Occasionally a Bank Line ship ran into trouble with the many reefs around the island, as evidenced by the Maple grounding. ( See below)

1950’s SUVA high street

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