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Just a Lot of Scrap Metal

 

During the early part of the twentieth century ove 1 million bananas a year were landed in Garston Dock by the Elders and Fyffes Ltd. company.

 

The terminal at Garston developed special discharging elevators and railway trucks, and was capable at its peak of handling 12,000 bunches of bananas a day. The bananas were transferred to the quayside by conveyor belt, where dockers sorted them by size before loading them into railway vans. The bananas were ripened on their journey by the vans' steam heating.  Elders and Fyffes owned twenty-two ships, discharging as many as seventy-two shiploads in a year. Eleven ships were lost through enemy action during the Second World War.


Now just 40,000 tons of scrap metal are sent to the middle east from the same dock wall, all evidence of the banana traffic has disapeared.



Just a Lot of Scrap Metal

 

During the early part of the twentieth century ove 1 million bananas a year were landed in Garston Dock by the Elders and Fyffes Ltd. company.

 

The terminal at Garston developed special discharging elevators and railway trucks, and was capable at its peak of handling 12,000 bunches of bananas a day. The bananas were transferred to the quayside by conveyor belt, where dockers sorted them by size before loading them into railway vans. The bananas were ripened on their journey by the vans' steam heating.  Elders and Fyffes owned twenty-two ships, discharging as many as seventy-two shiploads in a year. Eleven ships were lost through enemy action during the Second World War.


Now just 40,000 tons of scrap metal are sent to the middle east from the same dock wall, all evidence of the banana traffic has disapeared.



comments (3)

That is all so interesting Les, this is some pile of scrap metal.
Les Auld: Small compared to those in the North end docks Martin, thanks for the comment.
40,000 tons of scarp, I bet there's a few church roofs in that lot!!
Les Auld: Only ferrous metals Brian, thanks for the comment.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 May 2012, 21:19
This is a wonderful picture. Thank you for the education, always nice to know something about the special places.
Les Auld: The Banana facts just stuck in my head so I had to use them somehow, thanks for the comment Astrid.

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