The correct name is the Jamaica Banana Producers Steamship Co. Ltd
The company was formed in 1929 as the Jamaica Direct Fruit Line by the Jamaica Banana Producers Association of Kingston (an organization of independent growers).
Four steamers were purchased to transport passengers and general cargo from London to Rotterdam and Jamaica and ship back bananas to Europe. Most banana boats
had some passenger capacity.
In 1935 the line bought new ships to replace their second-hand tonnage and changed their name to the Jamaica Producers Steamship Company. The company flag,
originally red with a white cross and the letters ‘J D F L’ in the quarters changed to green with a yellow cross and the new initials. Their ships sailed under the
Jamaican Flag following that country’s independence in 1962. The Jamaican Government took over the company in 1977 and it ceased independent operation in 1980.
Cylinders of bore 27", 39", 56", 80" and stroke 51"
D. Rowan & Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works
Engine Builder Country
Additional Construction Information
Fitted with refrigeration machinery by Liverpool Refrigeration Co Ltd. 2 refrigeration units and 2 circulation pumps using the Ammonia system.
Brine and air coolant and granulated cork insulation.
Fitted for oil fuel
Fitted with radio direction finding equipment
3 February 1931
Crew and Capacity Information
Status and Service History Information
Sunk/foundered (Act of War)
Service History Information
The vessel was sunk on 25 August 1940 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-100 at position 57° 05' N, 11° 02' W. She was en route from
Jamaica to Avonmouth with a cargo of bananas. Details of those that lost their lives can be found on the Benjidog Tower Hill website
Change of name to Miranda and owner to Bimberton Sg Corp 1981. Converted to a livestock carrier of 5,870 GRT, name changed
to Cattle King and owner to Cattle Purcell Express Sg Corp of Liberia 1981, change of name to Cattle Purcell Express
1981, change of name to Cattle Express and owner to Cattle Express Sg Corp 1983. Taken to Gadani Beach 23 April 1985 for
breaking by Adam Steel.
Completed for Nelson Line (London) Ltd as Highland Laddie. Change of owner to Nelson SN Co Ltd 1910, change of name to
Jamaica Settler and owner to Jamaica Direct Fruit Line Ltd 1929. Taken to Dalmuir 26 October 1935 for breaking by
W.H. Arnott Young & Co.