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Elders & and Fyffes Line

History

Elders & Fyffes Limited was formed in May 1901 to transport and distribute West Indian bananas in the United Kingdom. Bananas were first imported into the UK in about 1880 when Elder, Dempster ships began loading them as deck cargo on their northbound bunkering call at Las Palmas. By the end of the decade London tea importers E. W. Fyffe & Co were also importing Canary Island bananas and in 1897 joined with fruit sellers Hudson Bros to form Fyffe, Hudson & Co.

Elder, Dempster formed the Imperial Direct West India Mail Service in 1901 and the first imports of Jamaican bananas arrived in March. Two months later the rival companies combined as Elders & Fyffes. In 1902 the new company purchased its first ships and also approached the United Fruit Company with the aim of ensuring cargoes were available from the Caribbean. As a result United Fruit took a substantial share-holding and, in 1910, complete ownership of E & F.

In 1970 the owning company became United Brands but in 1986 the Fyffes Group was sold to FII of Ireland. The Fyffes name was retained, however shipowning was no longer considered part of the future and its bananas are now carried in chartered ships.

Ships

Vessel Type Launched/Completed Tonnage DWT Builder
Aracataca Cargo / Passenger 189,000 R. 1924 Gross: 5378 Net: 3324 6307 Cammell, Laird & Co. Ltd. Birkenhead
Barranca No Info 1906?
Camito Cargo / Passenger 273,460 R. Dec 1956 Yard No: 649 Gross: 8687 Net: 4131 A. Stephens & Sons. Ltd. Glasgow.
Changuinola Cargo / Passenger 204,260 R. May 1957 Yard No: 657 Gross: 6283 Net: 3094 5675 A. Stephens & Sons. Ltd. Glasgow.
Chirripo Cargo / Passenger 189,000 R. 1920 Gross: 5357 Net: 3273 6300 Workman Clarke & Co. Ltd., Belfast
Chuscal Cargo 220,130 R. March 1961 Yard No: 675 Gross: 6282 Net: 3082 5660 A. Stephens & Sons. Ltd. Glasgow.
Corrales Cargo / Passenger 189,880 R. March 1930. Gross: 5358 Net: 3186 6340 A. Stephens & Sons. Ltd. Glasgow.
Cristales Cargo / Passenger 189,000 R. 1926 Gross: 5389 Net: 3300 6320 Cammell, Laird & Co. Ltd. Birkenhead
Golfito Cargo / Passenger 203,900 R. Dec 1949 Yard No: 618 Gross: 8740 Net: 4474 5800 A. Stephens & Sons. Ltd. Glasgow.
Greenbrier No Info
Manzanares No Info
Miami No Info
Nicoya Cargo / Passenger 189,000 R. 1929 Gross: 5507 Net: 3321 6317 A. Stephens & Sons. Ltd. Glasgow.
Pacuare No Info 1905?
Patia No Info 1922?
Reventazon No Info 1921?
Sulaco Cargo / Passenger 189,000 R. 1926 Gross: 5389 Net: 3300 6300 Cammell, Laird & Co. Ltd. Birkenhead
Telde No Info 1961?
Tetela No Info
Tilapa No Info 1928?
Tilapa No Info 1960. Yard No: 889 Gross: 6738 Net: 3265 Bremer Vulkan, Vegesak
Tortuguero No Info 1921?
Zent Cargo 143,934 R. 1938 Yard No: 50 Gross: 3248 Net: 1813 2525 Oresunds Varvet, Landskrona, Sweden


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