The Growth of Britain’s Refrigerated Meat Trade, 1880-1939

By Derek J Oddy, published August 2007


Transport of meat required cold storage at port of loading, on-board and on discharge. The discussion concentrates on mechanical on-board systems. Early voyages under sail required auxiliary engines, later main boilers powered refrigeration. Details of a typical sail and steamship are provided. Detailed figures demonstrate expanding capacity and full shift to steam propulsion during the period to 1914. Further expansion of the trade and geographical extent during WW1 is documented in greater detail. Despite the consequences of the war for operating costs and ship replacement, capacity expanded in the later 20s to produce a modern and technically advanced part of Britain’s merchant fleet before WW2.

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Filed under: WW1 | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Logistics | Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

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