M.V. Shirrabank. One of 3 vessels built by Harland’s in Belfast at the start of WW2.

Three vessels built, Ernebank, Araybank, and the Shirrabank. They had 6 cylinder engines and all had long lives. The Araybank became famous in maritime circles by being bombed and sunk at Suda Bay, only to be re-incarnated by Achille Lauro for use as a passenger, emigrant ship with a capacity for no less than 650 persons! she was also fitted with a 9 cylinder Diesel engine.

Re the M.V. Ernebank – see the separate articles for a previously published one about a voyage round the world in her, in 1953, the coronation year.

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