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Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory

Grimsby Ice Factory, which commenced production in 1901, provided the crushed ice which was required to preserve the catch in Grimsby trawlers during their lengthy journey back from the fishing grounds of the North Sea.

More ice was then needed to pack the fish for its rail journey, for Grimsby fish was widely distributed around Britain.

This photograph shows the east elevation of the factory on Gorton Street.  Conveyors carry ice across the road for direct loading onto trawlers.

Sue Stone, GreatGIFT, 2008

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Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory

The 1901 Ice Factory building has two gables on the Gorton Street elevation constructed in red brick with attractive windows, recesses, arches and other features.

The insertion of ground floor doors, a first floor window and a fire escape detract from the original fine design.

The much faded words THE GRIMSBY ICE COMPANY LTD can still be discerned between the moulded brick bands above the first floor.

Sue Stone, GreatGIFT, 2008

 

Grimsby, Ice Factory, fishing
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory

The tank room on the first floor of the original Ice Factory building.

The two tanks on this floor contained more than 3000 suspended metal cans, each of which held 2 cwt (101kg) of fresh water.

Cooling was achieved by an ammonia gas expansion system powered by vertical valve compressors coupled to 600 bhp induction motors.

Sue Stone, GreatGIFT, 2011

Grimsby, Ice Factory, machinery
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory

A view of the main compressor room which houses four vertical cylinder ammonia compressors manufactured by J&E Hall Ltd of Dartford, driven by Metropolitan Vickers 600 hp induction motors.

These were installed in 1930-34 to replace the original steam-powered plant without disruption to ice production. They are some of the largest ever made and are a unique survival.

Photo: Liz Humble, Purcell Miller Tritton

 

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Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory

The can-filling equipment simultaneously filled a complete row of cans with a measured quantity of water. The water came from the factory's own fresh water boreholes situated at the dock.

The row of filled cans was then pushed forward in the refrigeration tank by screw-jacks to allow space for a new row of cans which had just been returned empty from the other end of the tank.

Photo: Liz Humble, Purcell Miller Tritton

 

Grimsby, Ice, Fishing
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory

At the end of the tank room a row of ice cans is lying in the tipping cradle where the 100 kg blocks of ice would have been emptied out onto the wooden handling platform before being sent to the crushers or for storage as blocks.

Photo: Liz Humble, Purcell Miller Tritton

Grimsby, Ice, fishing