Scotland's Moving Image Archive at National Library of Scotland preserves over 100 years of Scottish filmed history reflecting 20th century social, cultural and industrial heritage. The films capture the lives of ordinary people across the generations and celebrate the achievements of Scottish based film-makers.
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Sea and Ships
Join a family of 1960s holiday makers as they tell the story of their colourful adventure on the high seas of Scotland, steaming around the Firth of Clyde and beyond.
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Join a family of holiday makers for a colourful adventure on the high seas of Scotland aboard ships and steamers chugging up the Firth of Clyde and beyond. Destinations include Largs, Millport, Rothesay, Ardrossan and Belfast. Ship enthusiasts will be enthralled as they journey “Doon the Watter” on the historic Waverley paddle steamer and salute passing ships, including the Transatlantic liner RMS Empress of Britain.
The impressive ships featured in this film are certainly a distinguishing feature. One of these ships, the Waverley, is the last seagoing passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the World. She was built in Glasgow in 1946 by A. & J. Inglis shipbuilders. The steamer faithfully worked the Firth of Clyde route from Craigendoran Pier, near Helensburgh, up Loch Long to Arrochar until she became too costly to operate. In 1973 she was bought by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society, who renovated her and now operates coastal passenger excursions. Trips often depart from the Clyde, a nostalgic reminder of her Clydeside past.
Industry sponsored film 1957 7 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
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Non-Fiction 1918 5 mins Silent Location: Barnstaple
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1936 2 mins Silent
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Drama 2023 2 mins
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Romance 2023 2 mins
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Documentary 1941 6 mins
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Comedy 2023 2 mins
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Documentary 2023 2 mins
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