The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

Ship Departing from Port
Ship Departing from Port

Ship Departing from Port 1901


This film is certified

Please confirm that you accept our terms of use.


Ship Departing from Port 1901

1 mins United Kingdom

This two-shot sequence of a large steam passenger ship pulling slowly away from the quayside was presumably part of a longer film, which might have allowed us to identify the ship and its location. Alas, the rest is apparently lost, and thanks to poor picture quality we are left only with the haunting images of passengers waving at their loved ones on the quay and the crew bustling about on deck.






On the Move Edwardian Enigmas Shipbuilding on Film




United Kingdom



Production company

Mitchell and Kenyon

Read lessRead more

Explore further

View Cunard Mail Steamer Lucania Leaving For America
Cunard Mail Steamer Lucania Leaving For America
Watch for free 2 mins

Cunard Mail Steamer Lucania Leaving For America 1901

The luxurious RMS Lucania is bound for New York in one of Mitchell & Kenyon's most elaborate and striking films.

2 mins United Kingdom

View Douglas Harbour Paddle Steamer
Douglas Harbour Paddle Steamer
Watch for free 2 mins

Douglas Harbour Paddle Steamer 1902

Welcoming crowds greet the arrival of a steamer to the Isle of Man, seen from a stunning perspective on deck.

2 mins United Kingdom


View All

Welcome to a new subscription service like no other.

>100s of hand-picked classics and critically-acclaimed films

>Critic Mark Kermode picks a must-see film every week

>No contract, cancel anytime

Cookies Policy

This website uses cookies, as explained in our Cookies Policy.

To accept the terms and hide this message please click 'I accept'.

I accept

Passionate about film? So are we…

Don't miss the email made for the in-the-know film fan:

New releases — on the same day as in cinemas Special collections & unheralded classics Exclusive news on discounts

Never ask | Ask me later