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The TILAPA (1928) is seen above arriving in Avonmouth on December 30th 1945 when she brought back the first consignment of bananas to Britain after the war.
 

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My grandad built a house on Anglesey in 1959/1960, using fittings salvaged from a ship being broken up in Liverpool. I never know much about the ship, although the house was known locally as the 'banana boat house'. I found out recently that it was the SS Tilapa, and have read a bit about Tilapa's amazing history. The things that he salvaged- a lot of teak cladding, dark wood cupboards, heavy doors made me think as a child that they'd been breaking up a luxury cruise ship, but I'd love to know what she was like from people who've worked on the SS Tilapa, or maybe even have photos. Thanks
 

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I still remember the event as I was living in Avonmouth at the time. Many a Banana came out of the dock gate that day under the Dockers shirt.
 
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