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An atmospheric film of a dry dock, the welding of the hull, primitively held by timber supports, before the ship plunges sideways into a river.
Amateur film 1975 7 mins Silent
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These are only hints of the work that has gone into the building of the Stirling Ash, as we see its skeleton slowly being prepared as one of the last ships to be launched at Grove Hill Shipyard – best known as Cook, Welton & Gemmell – nine miles up from the Humber at Beverley. A crowd has come to join the shipbuilders to witness the event, and we are left with the incongruous sight of an ocean going ship nearly touching both sides of the River Hull.
This film is one of a collection of films made during the 1970s by Roger Hateley, who taught chemistry education at Hull University and lived in Walkington in East Riding. The Stirling Ash was built by Beverley Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. in Beverley, formerly Cook, Welton & Gemmell until taken over by C. D. Holmes & Co in 1963, and the Drypool Group in July 1973. The launch, in 1976, was presumably before 1 July, when Whitby Shipyard Ltd took it over, followed by Phoenix Shipbuilders in November, before closing the following year with the loss of 180 jobs. Since then Stirling Ash has had several name changes: to Sea Oyster in 1986, to Grampian Sabre in 1992 and from 2003 to Al Mojil 42, under a Saudi Arabian flag.
Shipbuilding on Film
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Industry sponsored film 1957 7 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
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Home and Away No. 20
Industry sponsored film 1960 13 mins Location: Renfrew
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Amateur film 1986 8 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
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Royal Visit to Barrow and Launch of HMS Dominion (1903)
Non-Fiction 1903 5 mins Silent Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Princess Louise comes to Edwardian Barrow in Furness to christen the battleship HMS Dominion.
Ship There Was
Documentary 1952 25 mins
A heart-warming tale about a Tyneside shipyard worker who dreams of a cruise on the luxury ocean liner he helps to build.
Workforce of Scott & Co. Shipyard, Greenock (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Greenock
Unruly shipworkers defy direction from Mitchell and Kenyon's showmen partners.
Historical Pageant Procession, Beverley through the Ages; July 10th 1
Documentary 1937 24 mins Silent Location: Beverley
An elaborate vision of Beverley, in Yorkshire's East Riding, from ancient times through to the 1930s.
Helping to Buy Beverley's Spitfire
1941 4 mins Silent Location: Beverley
The Battle of Britain may be over but the war over the skies continues, and so the people of Beverly crowd the Market Square and dig deep to buy one of Britain’s greatest war assets.
Collecting Books for the Forces
Non-Fiction 1944 2 mins Silent Location: Beverley
Lines of children laden with books deliver them to bespectacled gentlemen granted the right to select those to be sent to forces abroad, and those to be pulped for recycling.
RAF Beverley Scenes
Non-Fiction 1942 3 mins Silent Location: Beverley
New young recruits are seen here showing their colours at the height of the war, marching through the town of Beverley, preparing for the battles ahead.
Training film/TV programme 1942 15 mins Silent Location: Beverley
Doubtless civilians would have been re-assured in 1942 had they seen this training film for the Home Guard, learning fieldcraft, positioning and close quarters combat.
Wings for Victory 1943
Non-Fiction 1943 7 mins Silent Location: Beverley
A chance to judge the mood of a typical English town, four years into a deadlocked war, as we witness the bearing of service men and women marching through the streets of Chapeltown.
ABC in Sound
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1933 2 mins
Hand-drawn sound experiment by Bauhaus professor László Moholy-Nagy.
Hovis: Boy on the Bike
Advert 1974 1 mins Location: Shaftesbury
A classic slice of British advertising history, though that hill's not as Northern as it looks...
Workforce of Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Rotherham
Edwardian workers react to the camera at one of Rotherham's major employers.
Workforce of Ormerod's Mill, Great Moor Street, Bolton (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Great Moor St, Bolton
Eager youngsters burst out of the gates of a Victorian cotton mill.
The Henley Regatta
Sport 1901 1 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
It's the first weekend of July 1901, and high society are on the Thames
Advert 1898 1 mins Silent Location: St Pancras
An unusual farewell in this charming early film
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