Jimmy Scobbie and self on the Irisbank above. 2/0 and 3/0 on a 2 year voyage, round and round the world in 1955 and 1956
The heading of an article soon to be published in Sea Breezes…
The stately SHIRRABANK. She gave 23 years continuous service round and round the world from 1940 (through WW2) and then went the scrapyard in 1963.
Doxford built and 8 years in service when she was sold and became the COLORADO under the Liberian flag.
At her launch in Sunderland
The postwar EASTBANK – a great success on the ‘Copra run’ from the Pacific.
In the Mersey 1979 – photo credit -Malcolm Cranfield
The MINCHBANK passing Gravesend in 1969
Photo credit – Malcolm Cranfield
The FOYLEBANK in WW2
Built in 1930 at Harlands, Belfast, with twin screws and requisitioned by the Admiralty at the outbreak of war in 1939. Bombed and sunk in Portland Harbour in 1940.
Below is material from various sources including extracts from the book, ‘ CONVOY PEEWIT’.
On 4 July 1940, during an air raid on Portland, England, Leading Seaman Mantle of HMS Foylebank, who was manning the starboard 20mm pom-pom gun, had his left leg shattered by the blast from a bomb early in the action. Although wounded again many times, he remained at his gun, training and firing by hand when Foylebank’s electric power failed, until he collapsed and died. His citation in the London Gazette reads:
Leading Seaman Jack Mantle was in charge of the Starboard pom-pom when FOYLEBANK was attacked by enemy aircraft on the 4th of July, 1940. Early in the action his left leg was shattered by a bomb, but he stood fast at his gun and went on firing with hand-gear only; for the ship’s electric power had failed. Almost at once he was wounded again in many places. Between his bursts of fire he had time to reflect on the grievous injuries of which he was soon to die; but his great courage bore him up till the end of the fight, when he fell by the gun he had so valiantly served.
This was only the second occasion that the Victoria Cross has been awarded for action in the United Kingdom.