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How ice from New England lakes kept the world cool

by Gavin Weightman

The Frozen Water Trade by Gavin Weightman. This icon is used elsewhere in my site as a link to this page!

The Frozen Water Trade

How ice from New England Lakes kept the World cool

By Gavin Weightman

First published in Great Britain by HarperCollinsPublishers 2003

ISBN - 0007102860

  Price £6.00 including UK Postage

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Colour illustrated card covered paperback in at least VERY GOOD PLUS condition. All pages and illustrations immaculate.

200 pages : 130 mm. x 197 mm. x 15 mm.

Weight unwrapped 190 grm. Weight wrapped for postage <300 grm.

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Jacket back blurb:

Photograph of 'How ice kept the world cool'.

On 13 February 1806 a ship left Boston bound for the Caribbean island Martinique, with a cargo that few imagined would survive the month long journey. Packed in the hold were large chunks of ice from a frozen Massachusetts lake. This was the first venture of a young Bostonian, Frederick Tudor, who imagined he could make a fortune selling ice to tropical countries.

A small scanned image of 'The Frozen Water Trade' by Gavin Weightman

Ridiculed from the outset, Tudor endured years of hardship before he was to fulfil his youthful dream. Over thirty years he extended the 'frozen water trade' to Cuba, New Orleans, New York and London, and finally - to the astonishment and delight of the British Raj - to Calcutta, when in 1833 more than 100 tons of ice survived a four month voyage of 16,000 miles with two crossings of the Equator.

Thanks to his astonishing enterprise, iced drinks, chilled beer and home-made ice cream became an essential part of life for millions of people around the world, long before artificial refrigeration became available - after which the trade melted away, leaving little to show it ever existed.


Background adapted from an image of unknown origin from the internet."