The Fibre Disintegrating Company had large factory in Red Hook making paper from bamboo during the period after the Civil War. Schooners sailed the bamboo from Jamaica to Brooklyn. The Journal of the Society of Arts reported that at the close of 1865 The New York Daily Tribune was printed on their bamboo paper.
A year later the company was caught up in legal troubles. The Schooner HAMILTON hired by the Disintegrating Company to obtain bamboo in Jamaica was damaged during the venture and its owner Mr. Atkins held the company libel. On June 20, 1866, A. F. CAMPBELL, United States Marshal: “attached all the property of respondents found in their factory in Red Hook Point, in the City of Brooklyn." This commenced a jurisdictional battle that ended in the Supreme Court"