Places we visited….


Bluff, at the southern end of South Island N.Z. was sometimes the last port of discharge for Bank Line ships arriving from the U.S. Gulf. Famous for Oysters, and with a rugged terrain, it was a welcoming port for mariners.

The 1930 built IRISBANK discharged in Bluff in 1956. Shortly afterwards a seaman was sadly lost overboard south of Stewart Island and in rough weather. He was a young man who was nudged by a sling of dunnage that was being dumped overside with the railings unshipped. ( as in those days). His body was recovered in very rough seas which smashed the boat on return.

See the book, ” Voyaging with Icons” about life in the Bank Line, travelling the world.

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