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Cie Générale des Pêches Maritimes et d'Approvisionnement en Poissons (France)

Last modified: 2011-12-24 by ivan sache
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House flag of CPAP - Image by Ivan Sache, 23 September 2010

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Presentation of CPAP

Compagnie Générale des Pêches Maritimes et d'Approvisionnement en Poissons (Maritime Fishing and Fish Supply Company) was granted in 1921-1924 the concession for the exploitation of the deep-freezing system in the port of Lorient.

In 1912, the Danish fish exporter Ottesen invented a fish perservation system that is considered as the base of modern deep-freezing. Lorient was the first fishing port in France to adopt the new method; in 1922, 1,800 tons of fish could be freezed every day, a capacity that was increased in 1927 to 15,000 tons. Deep-freezed fish was transported by special "fish trains", operated by the Paris-Orléans railway company, from all the Breton ports to the main French towns and even to Switzerland and Italy.
The Ottesen system was validated on 17 March 1926 by a State Commission that acknowledged that deep-freezed fish looked and tasted [and probably smelled!] better than the average fresh fish sold in Paris.

Source: Larousse collaborative online encyclopedia, article by Pascal Boisson

Ivan Sache, 23 September 2010

House flag of CPAP

The house flag of CPAP, as shown in the Yearbook of the Central Committee of France Shipowners (1922), is red with four adjacent, elongated white rhombs charged with the black letters "C,"P", "A" and "P", respectively.

Dominique Cureau, 23 September 2010