Monthly Archives: January 2022

Malacca Straits

Bank Line navigators were very familiar with the Malacca Straits. Here is a thought provoking article by Geoffrey Walker, looking at the future…..

See Geoff’s Maritime site, full of interesting postings. Find it at


The old ‘ white ships’ photos – both twin screw, running between Calcutta and Durban with many stops between. A pungent aroma of rich spices was strong in the alleyways, coming from tween deck ventilators situated there. Plenty of anchor work, cargo and passengers, and a sort of poor man’s ” Somerset Maugham” atmosphere onboard!

A trio were built, but the third vessel named INCOMATI was torpedoed off of the W African coast in WW2. One person died.

The apprentices ( Ian Harvey and the author) with a girl passenger.