Maritime History

Maritime History

Maritime History

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Maritime History

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Friday, May 18, 2012

A Selection of Online Short Videos

The Shoals of Herring (1972)
A documentary film based on a 1950s Radio Ballad called `Singing the Fishing' by Ewan McColl, Peggy Seeger and Charles Parker, about the rise and decline of the herring industry on the east coast of Scotland and East Anglia. Contemporary footage of the fishermen at work is intercut with interviews and archive photos, clips from John Greirson's Drifters, Harry Watts' North Sea, and Campbell Harper's Calling Herring. Traditional folk songs sre used throughout. 
This documentary is available in five parts at

A1 at Lloyds (1942)
The important role played by Lloyd’s of London in world shipping, using the ‘100 A1’ rated S.S. Armadillo as an example.

Cargoes (1940)
This short follows the S.S. Ionian as she delivers her cargo around the Mediterranean - her final peacetime journey. 9:06.

Dartmouth: The Royal Naval College (1941)
A tour of the Dartmouth Royal Naval College, showing the education and shaping of young men into members of the Royal Navy.11:56. 

Expanding a Dugout Canoe, Karuskose, Soomaa / Haabja Laotus Soomaal (2007)
Widening a dugout canoe using fire and water. 8:42.

The Little Ships of England (1943)
A look at the traditional craft of wooden boatbuilding, and the important roles those little ships play. 12:42.

London River (1940)
The various docks of the River Thames, the precautions being taken during the war, and the markets of London.

Steel Goes to Sea (1941)
From the laying of the keel through to the riveting of steel plates - teams of men work together to build and launch a steel ship. 15:47.

S.O.S. (1940)
A dramatic account of the lifeboatmen of Mousehole in Cornwall, and their efforts to rescue the crew of a foundering ship.

Trinity House (1942)
The work of Trinity House, England’s General Lighthouse Authority, and the life of a lighthouse-keeper. 9:48.