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The 'Scillonian' launches
RMV Scillonian Ferry III launches
News 1977 1 mins Silent
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The RMV Scillonian III passenger ferry launches from the Appledore Shipbuilders in Devon. Christened by H.R.H Prince Charles, Duke of Cornwall on 17 May 1977 the ship made its first trip two days later from Bideford to St Mary’s. The Scillonian III is run by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, based in Penzance.
Due to the strong currents around Land's End and the Isles of Scilly, the Scillonian was nicknamed ‘The big white stomach pump’ or ‘vomit vessel’. It has been fitted with a flume antiroll stabiliser, which allows the vessel to navigate the shallow waters and take on the strong currents. The Scillonian Ferry III is only in operation for eight months of the year. The vessel has been featured in the BBC series ‘An Island Parish’ .
Shipbuilding on Film
Industry sponsored film 1957 7 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
The famous Swan Hunter shipyards on the Tyne grease the slipway for another stirring launch in the prosperous 1950s.
Building and Launch of the "Crepath" at Barnstaple Building and Launch of the "Crepath" at Barnstaple
Non-Fiction 1918 5 mins Silent Location: Barnstaple
Barnstaple's experimental concrete-hulled ship gets a visit from a jolly Italian admiral.
Industry sponsored film 1940 34 mins Location: Royal Albert Dock
There’s breathtaking footage of the London’s docks at their bustling peak in this informative film celebrating the work of the Port Of London Authority.
1935 25 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Paul Rotha’s brilliant film of the building and launch of SS Orion from the shipyards of Barrow-in-Furness.
Non-Fiction 1912 2 mins Silent Location: Southampton
Two of the earliest surviving editions of the Topical Budget newsreel, released in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster.
1936 2 mins Silent
The iconic Cunard White Star liner leaves the shipyard of her birth and ventures seawards for the first time.
Current affairs 1968 7 mins Location: Appledore
Shipyard makes a replica of the ketch Nonsuch for Hudson Bay Company’s tercentenary in 1970.
News 1977 1 mins Silent Location: Appledore
The future way to travel to the Isles of Scilly will be on the Scillonian III.
News 1980 1 mins Location: Falmouth
The growth of Cornwall’s Steel and Shipbuilding Industries
Large Freighter is being Built at Appledore Shipyard Large Freighter is being Built at Appledore Shipyard
News 1978 1 mins Silent Location: Appledore
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