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  http://www.youtube.com/user/RadioBalladsFilms/feed.

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. http://film.britishcouncil.org/a1-at-lloyds

Cargoes (1940)
This short follows the S.S. Ionian as she delivers her cargo around the Mediterranean – her final peacetime journey. 9:06. http://film.britishcouncil.org/cargoes
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. http://film.britishcouncil.org/dartmouth 

Expanding a Dugout Canoe, Karuskose, Soomaa/Haabja Laotus Soomaal (2007)
Widening a dugout canoe using fire and water. 8:42. http://arhiiv.soomaa.com/?id=687&lang=eng

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. http://film.britishcouncil.org/the-little-ships-of-england

London River (1940)
The various docks of the River Thames, the precautions being taken during the war, and the markets of London. http://film.britishcouncil.org/london-river1

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. http://film.britishcouncil.org/steel-goes-to-sea

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. http://film.britishcouncil.org/sos

Trinity House (1942)
The work of Trinity House, England’s General Lighthouse Authority, and the life of a lighthouse-keeper. 9:48. http://film.britishcouncil.org/trinity-house


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