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Old 2nd June 2019, 00:09
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The Brandy Run

Originally Posted by torhag View Post
Which shipping company transported cognac to London before WWII?
I know that Harrison Line served the West Coast, but I doubt that they also sailed to London.
Which dock in London was used?
In 1966 I sailed as Second Mate in the General Steam Navigation Company ship MV Heron which was then on the regular London/Bordeaux run. In Bordeaux we loaded mainly brandy and cognac, bottled and in barrels for discharge at the old London Dock situated just downriver from Tower Bridge. To be exact, the ship normally berthed alongside the North Wall of the Western Dock. Liquor, tobacco and other precious goods were stored in bond in the vaults.

To quote from Wiki: “GSNC, incorporated in 1824, was London's foremost short sea shipping line for almost 150 years and the oldest shipping company in the world to begin business with steamships.”
It would be reasonable to suggest the company engaged in that same trade prior to the Second War.

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