Frozen Meat for London.
Referring to the frozen meat for the London market the " Home News " of August Bth says :—" In connection with the International Congress on Inland Navigation which has been holding a gathering at Manchester, a trip was made on August 6, under the auspices of the London and Tilbury Lighterage Company (Limited) down the Thames, with a view to giving the foreign delegates to the Congress a view of the Thames shipping, and more especially the transport vessels of the Tilbury Lighterage Company. The latter are the boats by which frozen meat is conveyed from the arrival port to the Smithfield Market, and the point for which attention was claimed was thai the frozen meat fr«m New Zealand, Canada, or the River Plate is immediately transferred from the cold chamber of the importing vessel to a similar cold chamber of the river transport without any interval of subjection to a warmer atmosphere. Seven of those river transport vessels are m constant use, owing to tho increase m the importation of colonial frozen meat; and it is anticipated that as the meat can be got to the market by this means without any change m its condition, the frozen meat supply will become more popular. Already it has reached large dimensions ; the imports into the United Kingdom m the years 1886, 1887, and 1888, amounting to no less than 225,700 tons, The advance m quantity is shown from the fact that m the yeivr 1880 only 400 carcasos wu.ro. imported, while m 1888 more than 1,933,000 carcases were re' oeived, of which nearly two-thirds were Landed m London, one of the principal reasons for this being that greater facilities for storage are there provided. The number of steamers now being provided with chill-rooms and refrigerating machinery also points to the development of the trade still going on. It was also i chimed that the condition m which the meat m received from the import vessels leaves little to be desired, any deterioration m quality almost invariably occurring m transit from the import vessels to the cold stores on land. The fleet of barges fitted up by the company under Williams and Puplett's patent has now been plying on the River Thames for nearly twelve months. DurJng tin's time many thousand tons of frozen meat have been conveyed and landed m excellent condition, frequently at lower temperatures th^n when discharged from the ocean steamers. In one qaso a barge was sent to Havre with the temperature reduced to four degrees of frost, and after an absence of three days it returned with a cargo of mutton, and the temperature was found to be one degree below freezing point. The barges differ from those m common use on the fiver, mainly m being roofed m and sur rounded to a considerable thickness with non-conducting material. The interior is then rendered cool by pumping brine through pipes, on a reversal of the hotytafr&v pfpfi system, the temperature of JUue'brtoe. joying bpen brought as low as jjossitye by the* use of ammonia. >>eh has a capacity for fifty tons of meat,' and the eoqlijig system is of the simplest possible character.
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Frozen Meat for London., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2527, 25 September 1890
Frozen Meat for London. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2527, 25 September 1890
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