13th November, 1936.
Mr. W. Schevenels,
The International Federation of Trade Unions,
9, Avenue D'Orsay,
Dear Mr. Schevenels,
TRANS-SHIPMENT OF FISH TO SPAIN.
In regard to the above matter I have now made enquiries and find that there are no ships operating from either Hull or Grimsby which can be used for the trans-shipment of fish to Spain.
Of course, your information and ours is not really sufficient to pass definite advice to our friends in Iceland. It would depend on the weight of the consignment and whether it would be wet or dry fish. If, however, it is "a ship load" as our comrades in Iceland say it would certainly be cheaper to charter a ship to make the whole journey than to take it to Hull and trans-ship it, even if that were possible. As there are no boats, however, operating from there it strengthens the suggestion that the full journey should be made by one boat even if it meant some assistance being given in the cost of shipment.
Unless the consignment is one of dry fish I suppose our friends in Iceland will appreciate the delays which might take place in its distribution after being landed in Spain. Transport arrangements from any Port at which it arrives will be exceedingly difficult.
There is, of course, the chance that by exhaustive enquiries we may be able to secure trans-shipment of the fish at a Port
other than those which