The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.
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Model Clipper Sailor
Former shipwright turns his talents to model-making.
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Reporter Clive Gunnell meets Miles Burton who is a model ship maker. He is sailing model clippers on the tidal pools off the Hoe in Plymouth. As a shipwright by trade and a former ships’ carpenter he was first introduced to clippers in 1923 when travelling across the Atlantic in a tramp and one of the largest ships in the world the France II sailed briskly past. A tramp ship is equivalent to today’s freight liner but with no fixed itinerary, rates for tramp charter were negotiable.
Mr Burton has a small workshop in Plymouth’s mediaeval centre on the Barbican where he makes replica model cutters and clippers. A clipper ship is a sailing ship with three masts and a square rig and very fast. France II was built in 1911 second in size only to the Preussen, which was five masted and full rigged. Clipper routes existed in the late nineteenth century between Europe and the Far East and onward to Australasia but fell into decline with the introduction of steamships and the opening of the Suez (1869) and Panama (1914) Canals. Mr Burton has made replicas of the Cutty Sark (1869), Stag Hound (1850), Sir Francis Drake’s galleon Golden Hinde (1577) and Sir Francis Chichester’s ketch Gipsy Moth IV (1966).