The Fort Desaix, banana boat
The Fort Desaix, banana boat
From Le marché international de la banane, Maillard J.C., 1991

Banana remained rare in Europe long after its initial discovery.
It was only after the first banana boats had been constructed in the years 1900-1920,
with rooms particularly adapted to maintaining a very precise temperature,
that Le Havre and Marseilles started to receive regular shipments.