Elders & Fyffes: A Photographic History
Ubiquitous in ever supermarket and corner shop, it is hard to imagine a world without bananas. But it was once so! Britain’s love affair with the humble banana is as much the story of Elders & Fyffes, a company set up to import the golden fruit into the United Kingdom. Originally, British imports were of the small Cavendish banana from the Canaries but the British Government was keen to see some trade from the West Indies and in 1901 Elders & Fyffes was formed to import and distribute bananas. The first ships arrived in 1902 and the company grew and expanded. During both world wars, the fleet of Elders & Fyffes served their country as armed merchant cruisers. The ships themselves were a common sight in the ports of Avonmouth, Bristol, Southampton, Portsmouth, Garston, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Cardiff. Campbell McCutcheon uses his fabulous collection of images of Elders & Fyffes to tell the story of this famous shipping line from its inception to the present day.
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Chapter TwoHAVE A BANANA ELDERS FYFFES
Chapter Three TOP BANANA THE FIRST WORLD WAR Chapter Four UPTHECLYDE IN A BANANA BOAT
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acquired by Elders Alexander Stephen April Aracataca Ariguani Avonmouth B. A. Fielden Bayano became berthed brand Bremerhaven Bristol broken for scrap built by Alexander Cameroons Camito Cammell Laird Canary Islands Cavina Chagres Changuinola Chicanoa Chirripo Clark Clyde company’s Corrales crew Dazzlepainting Despite Elder Dempster Elders & Fyffes Elders& engines entered Fyffes entered service final voyage fleet four ships Fyffe’s Fyffes ship Garston Golfito Greenbrier HMS Patia Imperial Direct importing bananas Jamaica Jones July Kaohsiung Kingston launched Linthouse Liverpool lost maiden voyage Manchester Manistee Matina Mazatec Mersey Miami Motagua Nicoya ofthe Oracabessa Pacuare passenger Patuca photographed plantations Port Antonio Port Morant renamed Reventazon Rotterdam route Royal Edward Royal Edward Dock sank Santa Marta scrapped in 1961 sea trials ship built shown sister sold Southampton stems of bananas submarine Sulaco sunk survived Tetela Tilapa torpedoed Tortuguero transferred Uboat United Fruit view shows West Indies Wilmington West basin Zent