Inland waterways

Inland waterways
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        The purpose of this film  was to show that inland waterways could  have a commercial future moving bulk low cost per ton loads at modest cost.. As a result the camera captured life on the canals about the time commercial traffic was seriously falling off.

Product no.: 0453

        The Thames Barge was the  floating predecessor of the big lorry.  Its origins start at the Dengie Flats Maldon and Heybridge and the River Blackwater .

         This film appears to have been made just prior to the World War two . Their main role was linking the riverside premises of millers and corn merchants and delivering agricultural produce to similar installation  on the River Thames.  Thirty barges line up for the Gravesend annual Barge race  to sail out to the Mouse light ship and back. . The entry of 30 could be a good clue to the year the film was made.

Among the names briefly glimpsed are Will Everard .The unknown cameraman was afloat as well with some shots of the barges rounding the Mouse with a salute from an as yet unidentified paddle steamer.  Finishes with scenes of out of use barges deteriorating . Invaluable to anybody with more than a passing interest in Thames Barges  15mins silent  Black and White


Product no.: 0666


The theme there is that like fireman the people need training to make them safety conscious/.




Product no.: 0677

.. Now mainly used for rowing races rather like the skiff in the Scilly Isles. Good demonstration of the methods of building a dory at a time when the last of them was being built.


Product no.: 1042


No less than 8 short films on  mechanical propelled vehicles in everyday use around Birmingham in the 1970s. SLL  films were made for secondary pupils and poke their nose often where normal people would never normally get .


Product no.: 0042

AP Herbert a humorist was founder of Inland Waterways Association . In this badly fading colour film he narrates a fascinating look at what was in the early 1950s a disappearing form of costal transport . Despite poor quality of film it is well worth persisting with watching  for the scene and barges captured.


Product no.: 0044

1958  The contrast between modern roads and the paves . Hillman Minx did 3 weeks of destructive driving over a circuit throughout of pave surface.  Raymond Baxter

Product no.: 0060

Fordson with winch  Parkestone  Yacht Club  X class are rather bigger  but still handled with care.


Product no.: 0072



Mainly concentrates on the fact that the Dutch have a lot of their  land below sea level . 50,000 ares bit by bit  acres reclaimed  around the 1955  when the film was made  although  some sequences are earlier.


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