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A Buoyancy Test in the Boating Pool at Easter

Margate's seafront is the venue for this short film from Bertram Doughty - showing visitors enjoying the attractions of Kent's famous resort.

Amateur film 1946 4 mins Silent

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We begin with men in waders testing the buoyancy of dinghies by submerging them in a boating pool. The dinghies are later dismantled on the beach. We then look out over a choppy sea to Margate's pier while a miniature steam train trundles past. The camera pans across Margate's seafront where fishing boats are moored in the foreground. People sun themselves in deckchairs on the end of the pier while below, at water level, passengers alight from a motorboat.

The maker of this film, Bertram Doughty, was Clerk of Works to Canterbury Cathedral up until his eventual retirement.