QSM award for Ian Rankin Smith
The Queen's Service Medal (obverse and reverse)
The Queen's Service Medal (QSM) is awarded for voluntary service to the community or service through elected and appointed office at a local or regional level.
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Ian Rankin joined the New Zealand Shipping Company (NZSCo) as a radio officer in 1965.
NZSCo was then a P&O SNCo subsidiary company and Ian was seconded to OCL in March 1970. His first OCL ship was the Encounter Bay which he joined on 13 March 1970 in Antwerp for a voyage to Freemantle, Melbourne and Sydney. That trip ended in Antwerp on 26 May 1970 and was followed by a second voyage which completed on 9 August 1970.
After some leave Ian joined the Discovery Bay on 23 October 1970 in Tilbury. That voyage down to Australia and back ended in Tilbury on 16 January 1971. After taking some leave, Ian returned to NZSCo.
We would like to thank Ian for his kind permission to tell his story here, and for providing the details of his time at sea with OCL.
The Encounter Bay was the first of six OCL vessels which became affectionately known as the 'Baby Bays'. Her maiden voyage from Nothern Europe to Australia commenced in Rotterdam on 06/03/1969 (P&O Heritage - Encounter Bay fact sheet), so she had been in service for just a year when Ian Rankin joined her in 1970. The Encounter Bay was sold for demolition in 1999 and met her fate at Panyu, China.
A sister ship of the Encounter Bay, the Discovery Bay was delivered for the Europe-Australian trade (with the later extension to include New Zealand) on 30 /06/1969. She remained in service with OCL and then P&O Containers until 16/11/1990 and was finally scrapped at Alang, India in 1999 (P&O Heritage - Discovery Bay fact sheet).
The Encounter Bay