On Friday morning before going to work I was wandering around Canary Wharf in London Docklands. Wandering and wondering. Where does the name come from? The only word that sprang to my mind was canary, the bird. But there are no canaries around and I doubt that there ever were. So I looked it up. I really felt embarrassed that it didn’t dawn on me earlier.
Here is what Wikipedia says:
“Canary Wharf takes its name from No. 32 berth of the West Wood Quay of the Import Dock. This was built in 1936 for Fruit Lines Ltd, a subsidiary of Fred Olsen Lines for the Mediterranean and Canary Islands fruit trade. At their request, the quay and warehouse were given the name Canary Wharf.”